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No FEMA aid coming for local flood victims

August 22nd, 2012 9:40 am by Becky Campbell

No FEMA aid coming for local flood victims

Northeast Tennessee residents who suffered property damage from this month's massive flooding will not receive federal financial assistance, Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge announced this morning in a news conference.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that the area did not meet the criteria for aid despite significant damage to scores of homes and other properties in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties.
Damage from the Aug. 5 storm that brought at least four inches of rain in an hour to the region affected many homeowners in the Dry Creek community as well as residents and businesses in the Johnson City area.
There was an $8.5 million threshold for the area to qualify for federal dollars to help residents rebuild what raging flood water swept away or destroyed. Affirmation would have cleared the way for residents to be reimbursed up to $30,000 for repairs.
Affected residents and business owners, however, are eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration.
Keep visiting and read Thursday's print edition for further details.

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