HAZELWOOD – Federal Disaster Recovery Specialists will be available this week at a temporary FEMA office at the Hazelwood Civic Center to help St. Louis-area residents get recovery assistance from recent flash floods.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary office opens at 2 p.m. Monday at 8969 Dunn Road and will remain open until 7 p.m. The office will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The federal government last week approved Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s Aug. 4 request for a major disaster declaration following flash flooding that killed at least two people, displaced dozens and caused dozens of million dollars in property damage in the metropolitan area.
FEMA and US Small Business Administration employees will offer one-on-one assistance to people to apply for disaster assistance, verify their claims and learn about available resources. People directly affected by flooding in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County are encouraged to use the center.
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The Red Cross and the Missouri Department of Public Safety held relief events earlier, and the former quickly reached capacity. The Salvation Army estimated that at least 1,500 households have been affected by the flooding and United Way earlier this month processed at least 3,200 requests for disaster relief.
But the FEMA center could help connect people with substantial federal resources. Grant money could be made available to some people to offset the costs of the July floods and used to pay for property damage, temporary hotel stays or rental assistance.
FEMA cannot pay for expenses covered by a private insurer or other source. Nor can he pay for lost or spoiled food. Each household is only allowed one request, the agency said in a statement.
Before visiting the center, apply to FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-FEMA (3362).
The disaster center will move at the end of the week, and FEMA will then announce where it and other centers will open soon.
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