FEMA Assisting Homeowners Recovering from December, January Severe Weather

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark — Nearly two months after severe rains left parts of the state under water, federal help is on the way for homeowners struggling to recover.

Friday, FEMA agents surveyed flooding done to one Jefferson County family’s home, trying to put a dollar amount on what was ruined.

Instructors said their goal is to determine how much money, if any, a family will receive.

Homeowners whose property suffered storm damage between December 26, 2015 to January 22, 2016 are eligible to apply.

All homeowners have to do is visit or contact FEMA to make a report and an inspector will show up at their doorstep.

Agents will take pictures and log notes of anything they believe was caused by flooding. FEMA officials said homeowners can get up to $33,000. Billy Lovelace, whose house was surveyed Friday, said this is one step towards making his house feel like a home again.

Especially after coming home to knee deep water inside it back in December.

“If you have never heard it, it’s a strange sound when you’re walking in your house and chairs and stuff is bumping off the walls. ka-plunk, ka-plunk,” said Lovelace.

FEMA officials said checks should show up in the mail in about a week.

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