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Residents react to FEMA disaster assistance denial

Residents React as FEMA will not be providing disaster assistance.

Posted: Dec 7, 2017 5:13 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2017 6:07 PM

Local flood victims like Anne Brown are still feeling the effects from this summer’s massive flooding.

"We’ve been cleaning mud, muddy water and damage from July first when it happened ... and we’re still cleaning."

A man had just finished cleaning the basement walls, and the floors were freshly painted.

"We never had a flood damage happen as bad as this."

Benjamin Mitura was hit with some pretty hefty bills from the flooding damage.

"Oh yea I got the cellar, I got the wall caved in in the front. They had to put a new wall up, and I got 2 furnaces and 2 water tanks and electrical had to change. It come to about $17,000."

As if the cost of the home repairs wasn’t enough, I had to hit these people with the news that FEMA will not be providing disaster assistance.
Benjamin Mitura a Whitesboro Resident reacted with this:  "Ah geeze. Oh. That’s not good news."
Down the street at Mary Sears house:  "I think it’s rotten. I don’t know what to tell you. I think it’s you know…why do they have to do that to us? I mean we, you know, we do what we’re supposed to do and you know what are going to do? ...That’s it. We have to do it ourself." 

Nobody in the Chadwicks area was willing to talk to me on camera, but one family has already moved and is hoping just to sell their property. Another man, who thought I was from FEMA said he was told his house would be bought out. He then turned with tears in his eyes and went inside.

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