Miami, FL -- Barely two weeks after President Clinton declared a major disaster in four rain-drenched South Florida counties, $25.6 million in state and federal assistance has been approved for victims of the floods, and the number of requests for assistance has passed the 40,000 mark.
The largest sums approved were for disaster housing allowances and repairs and individual and family grants.Totals of federal and state funds okayed by program:
- $20 million for housing assistance to 13,954 applicants;
- $3.2 million in individual and family grants for necessities;
- $847,600 in U. S. Small Business Administration loans for homeowners and businesses incurring uninsured losses;
- $1.6 million in public assistance for debris removal;
- 3,187 individuals have been assisted at federal/state disaster recovery centers.
- 67 requests have been received by the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation for federally funded disaster-related unemployment benefits.
- The National Flood Insurance Program is reporting 8,375 claims averaging $20,000 each for home, business, and content losses.
Residents of Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties who suffered losses as a result of this month's torrential rains are urged to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free teleregistration recovery number at 1-800-462-9029 or, for persons with speech or hearing impairments, (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
After registration, registrants may check on status of their applications by calling the FEMA Helpline, 1-800-525-0321.