Hundreds of people along the coast affected by the oil spill rushed Tuesday morning to their closest Gulf Coast Claims Facility to file their emergency claim.
Tuesday, November 23rd was the deadline for anyone wanting a rush on funds for income lost due to the oil spill.
Katelyn Lawrence who works as manger of Skinny Water Products along the coast says her business was forced to shut down several times after the oil spill, but she's hanging in there and hoping the emergency payment claim will come through in her favor.
She goes on to say, "It hurt us really bad we had no sells for the last six months.. it was really bad."
Fincher Smith who owned a vacation beach home on St. Teresa Island, says he lost up to five thousand dollars because of the oil spill. He says he would rather apply early versus waiting util it's too late.
He goes on to say, "I think they're helping the small persons and in this difficult time, a lot of us need\ help."
Gulf Coast Claim Officials say today is the deadline for people impacted by the oil spill to apply for an emergency claim, but everyone else have three years to file for a claim, but they won't get their money as expediently as someone who filed an emergency claim.
As of Wednesday November 24th, anyone who has not filed an emergency claim can file for a final lump sum payment or they can choose to file for interim payments for past damages.
Everyone applying must have proof that they have been financially damaged by the spill and have the necessary documentation's to go with their claim.
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility has paid out nearly two million dollars to over 125,000 people who have filed claims impacted by the BP oil spill in the Gulf.
Fore more information on the oil spill claims process, go to www.gulfcoastclaimsfacility.com
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