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FEMA Relief Center now open

The FEMA Relief Center to handle assitance for homeowners affected by the storm will open Saturday morning, but those seeking federal assistance need to call to register ahead of time. 

To arrange an interview, call 1-800-621-3362 or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

This is the first avenue for those who suffered property loss in last week’s tornado to get financial assistance.

Starting Saturday at County’s Emergency Operations Center (located directly behind the County Admin Building on E Church Street), FEMA personnel will be on hand to take assistance applications. The federal and state personnel will be there until they feel they have need filled the need, according to Fire Chief Bob Howard.

Officials have stressed repeatedly, that anyone seeking to apply for assistance must arranged an appointment ahead of time.

Other notes for those affected by the storm:

• Homeowners should pick up mail at the post office which serves them. Postmasters have been notified to hold mail for homes where mailboxes are destroyed.

• The county road crews are continuing their road clean up efforts. They are aware of the problems and are working as quickly as possible.

County still working to clear debris.

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