FEMA opens flood disaster relief office in Wood River

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Wood River, Neb. (KSNB) - The deadline to register for FEMA flood disaster recovery assistance is approaching.

On Friday, they opened offices in Wood River to serve Hall, Buffalo and Custer counties.

Located on 10th street in Wood River, the flood disaster recovery center is for individuals as well as businesses.

"Food, clothing, clean-up supplies, some cash, everything we needed we got. One of my favorite memories was I wanted some Pepsi and within two hours there was a pickup truck full of soda being delivered," said Patty Debraal, Flooding Victim.

The aid varies due to need.

"We sometimes, consider temporary housing assistance, in additional to emergency home repairs. We work to try and make their homes, safe, secure and functional," said Nate Custer, FEMA Public Information Officer.

It is a one stop shop for help. They address current flood needs as well as helping people prepare for the future.

"We want to get them to start thinking differently. There are a lot of things they have never considered such as when they get their walls replaced in their home, elevating their electrical outlets, appliances, getting their personal documents together, doing all of things in advance," said Gleshia Givens, FEMA Hazard Mitigation.

To date only 5,000 people have applied, FEMA and the SBA is hoping this physical office will make a difference.

"Often what I have found is that FEMA wants people to be physically present before they start registering because it is just a reassuring feeling. They are just like, aaah, I can talk to a real person and they feel like they are going to get a real answer with a real person talking to them," said Mara Spilman, FEMA Individual Assistance.

The Wood River office will only be open until Friday, April 26th. There are bilingual agents on site.

The deadline date to register for flood relief assistance with FEMA is May 20th.

The Wood River Office is located at 108 W. 10th Street.
You can call (800) 621-3362 or you can visit FEMA.org/DRC.