MOORHEAD, Minn. -- More than $1.6 million in financial assistance has been approved for residents of Beltrami, Clay, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin counties who suffered damages from the Red River Valley flooding, which began in March.
The following is a summary of ongoing disaster assistance as of close of business May 7:
- $1,698,005 in disaster assistance grants under the Individuals and Households Program has been approved. This includes $1,634,506 in Housing Assistance (489 applications) and $63,500 in Other Needs Assistance (95 applications).
- 1,031 applications have been received from the seven designated counties. Nearly 50 percent of those applications were made online.
- 819 people have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists or to get help with SBA low-interest loan applications; 557 visited the DRC in Moorhead; 82 visited the mobile DRC in Hendrum; 27 visited the mobile DRC in Ada; and 27 visited the mobile DRC in Breckenridge. Two new Mobile DRCs will open Monday at noon in Oslo and Crookston.
- $1,674,100 has been approved in Small Business Administration low-interest loans.
These figures do not include Public Assistance grants to fund repair and restoration of storm-damaged facilities and services provided by counties, cities and private non-profit organizations that deliver essential public services.
Individuals are encouraged to apply for assistance before visiting a DRC by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585. FEMA operators are available from 6 a.m. to midnight CDT seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available to assist you. Registration can also be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. The application deadline is June 9.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.