FEMA Providing Aid for Storm Victims

By Mark Geary, Reporter

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PARKERSBURG - Cleaning up and restoring homes and communities after last month's tornadoes will take a lot of money.

The federal government is trying to let the affected people know about all the help that is available.

Black Hawk County is just one of the places where federal aid is available for storm victims. Buchanan, Delaware and of course Butler Counties also qualify.

Parkersburg was hit hardest by the tornado. But state and federal grants will cover 85-percent of the cities cleanup and rebuilding costs.

Individual homeowners are separate from that overall city cleanup.

People living in the affected areas can apply for grants and long-term low-interest loans. Those grants and loans can cover everything from the cost to replace a house to the price of buying new clothes.

All storm victims need to do is contact FEMA and the agency will help them complete the paperwork.

"What we are trying to do is make this period of time as easy for them as it can be and we will be here for them however long it takes to be able to do that," said William Vogel, FEMA.

So far more than 550 people in the affected areas have applied for help.

Everyone has until July 28th to complete the required paperwork.

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