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FEMA opens up new disaster recovery center in Arnold

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by Brian Feldman, News 4

(KMOV.com) -- After opening up a disaster recovery center in Franklin County on Friday, FEMA has opened up another location in the St. Louis area on Saturday.  This one is in Jefferson County – Arnold City Hall.  Both locations are open to any flood victims in the affected areas who are looking to see if they qualify for any grants.

Some residents say just knowing there is help out there is very uplifting.  That’s because some of them lost a lot in the floods.

“We lost everything,” Eureka resident Pat Wesley said. “Every single thing including the furnace and air conditioner and refrigerator.  We basically got the clothes on our back.”

“I’m feeling a lot better than I was a couple weeks ago,” flood victim Scott Coleman said. “Just knowing there is going to be help out there.  We understand it takes time.”

The disaster recovery centers are open Monday through Saturday from seven in the morning until seven in the evening.  They are closed on Sundays with one exception – January 31.  You can register, meet with FEMA representatives along with members of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

FEMA provides grants that don’t have to be repaid.  But for victims who suffer a significant loss and are in need of further assistance SBA provides larger loans.  That’s true for businesses, homeowners and renters.

There is a deadline to get registered – March 21.  Officials say it’s better to get this all done early to avoid any rush at the end of the window.

“We don’t want people to procrastinate.  We do understand that when people are impacted by disasters such as this there’s a lot that they have to do.  Our key is getting people back on the road to recovery,” FEMA’s PIO Ken Higginbotham said.

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