Miami, FL -- More than 30,000 people who suffered damage in the recent flooding have applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance since President Clinton declared Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties disaster areas Oct. 4th.
FEMA and state agencies are working hard get relief to flooded residents as rapidly as possible. The results to date include:
- 300 housing inspectors are working in the declared counties
- 22,000 inspections have been assigned with more than 2,000 being completed daily
- $5.6 million in emergency housing assistance has been approved
- 105,000 meals have been served
- 141,000 gallons of water have been distributed
- 357,000 pounds of ice have been handed out
The first checks for housing assistance and home repairs began arriving this week to qualified renters and homeowners.
Anyone who suffered damages of any kind as a result of the early October rains is urged to contact the FEMA toll-free teleregistration number at 1-800-462-9029 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments.
FEMA and the Florida Emergency Management Division have established four Disaster Recovery Centers in some of the hardest hit communities. Persons seeking information on the availability of federal, state, and volunteer agency programs for disaster relief may obtain such help at these centers.