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Archive for Friday, October 23, 1998

FEMA FUNDING HEADING TO AREA

October 23, 1998

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FEMA assistance is available for uninsured residents, in Douglas and Leavenworth counties, who had damage in recent flooding.

Douglas and Leavenworth counties have been included among areas in Kansas that will be eligible for individual state and federal assistance following recent floods.

County officials were notified Thursday by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"This authorizes disaster relief and emergency assistance to anyone who had property damage, loss of contents or vehicles, or for cleanup and repair expenses," said Paula Phillips, director of Douglas County Emergency Management.

The assistance covers damage that is not already covered by private insurance, she said.

"Basically, the assistance is available in the form of grants or low-interest loans," she said. "There are a lot of different types of assistance available."

Federal and state officials earlier this week toured the area following flooding on Oct. 4, when more than 5 inches of rain fell on the area. Several homes also sustained damage from a confirmed tornado near Lone Star lake.

Damage in Douglas County was estimated at $1.3 million from the storms and flooding.

A damage estimate hasn't been calculated for private property in Leavenworth County, but an estimated $450,000 to $650,000 was sustained to public property, said Jack Magaha, coordinator of emergency management in Leavenworth County.

"It's going to be a big help, I hope," he said of the FEMA assistance.

"I think it's going to help these people that didn't have insurance on their personal properties, or people that thought they had insurance but didn't."

Johnson and Wyandotte counties already have been declared eligible for assistance by FEMA.

Jefferson and Franklin counties were not included among eligible counties because officials there requested no damage assessment, said Angee Morgan, individual assistance officer for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

"I'm not anticipating a need for other counties to be declared at this time," she said.

One home was destroyed, 27 sustained major damage and 33 sustained minor damage in Douglas County, while 15 sustained major damage and 23 sustained moderate damage in Leavenworth County, officials said.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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