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Disaster Recovery Center In Lee County To Close; Assistance Still Available By Phone, Online

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October 12, 2010
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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The Lee County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at River City Mall, 300 Main St., Suite 480 in Keokuk will end operations at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, according to state and federal officials.

The 60-day registration period for disaster assistance ends Oct. 13. Those who have registered, but still have questions may call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline or visit any DRC that is still open. 

To access the Helpline, call the registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362), select language, enter a ZIP code, and then select option two. Callers will need their disaster registration and Social Security numbers.

There are several DRCs located throughout the state. The closest DRC to Lee County is in Wapello County at Bridge View Center, 102 Church St., in Ottumwa. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Access the DRC locator at to find all DRCs throughout the state.

To Register for Assistance

To register for assistance, call FEMA's toll-free number, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Residents also may register online anytime at

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers disaster loans up to $200,000 to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help homeowners and business owners with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent, or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For information about SBA’s disaster loan programs, applicants may call 800- 659-2955 or online at For TTY call 800-977-8339.

You may access disaster information and recovery resources directly from your Smartphone at FEMA’s mobile website at

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term repair and rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property.  SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal p...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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