UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: FEMA sets up shop in Fairfield for storm aid

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

FEMA sets up shop in Fairfield for storm aid

The line started forming before noon Monday. People stood or sat in the hallway, clutching yellow envelopes from the Federal Emergency Managment Agency and copies of insurance policies.
Lynda DePiano was one of those in line at the temporary FEMA Disaster Recovery Center that opened in the town's Public Heath Nurse building behind the Senior Center on Mona Terrace. As of Monday, the temporary center was scheduled to be open only through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In her 22 years on James Street, a few blocks from the center, DePiano said she never had any flooding at her house. "Our area is in a flood zone, but it's been over 70 years" since flood waters inundated that far inland from Long Island Sound. After paying off the mortgage, she said, the family dropped the flood insurance, "and then you have this happen."
"This" was a battering from Hurricane Sandy two ago.
Water filled her basement, DePiano said, although the flooding stopped just before it reached her neighbor's house across the street. "We were the last house to get hit," she said, but added, "It's just stuff (that was damaged) ... I'm grateful, really grateful, because some people have lost their homes."
The process to apply for FEMA aid, DePiano said, is complicated and confusing. "You don't realize if you apply, they want you to apply for a loan, too," she said. "We were told we have to fill everything out or they won't look at our application."
John Frederick, a spokesman with the Small Business Association, said federal representatives urge everyone to apply for a low-interest SBA loan at the same they apply for FEMA assistance. READ MORE:

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