Tropical Storm Damage Still Visible During FEMA Ride-Along

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Wakulla County - July 16, 2012- 11:52pm

"It flooded my apartment little over knee length deep," said Ashley Haines. She lives in Panacea and hit hard by flood waters when Tropical Storm Debby swept through almost three weeks ago.

She says she lost everything and that the storm literally left her with peanuts. Haines sets up a stand every day at the intersection of Highways 319 and 98 and sells boiled peanuts to get back on her feet.

FEMA workers in Wakulla County say her story echoes throughout the area. Every day they go door to door making sure everyone with damage has signed up for assistance.

They checked on one man who lives in Panacea in a mobile home with up to five children. When they approached his home they were stopped by knee-deep water. The man then waded through that water to meet them at the end of his driveway.

At the close of the business day on July 15 the total money amount awarded statewide through federal help was at $10,983,268.

So far in Wakulla county about 11 people a day sign up for help for a total of 406 people. In Franklin County, about four people a day sign up for a total of 205.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

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