FEMA Has Arrived To Help Valley Flood Victims

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Now in the Rio Grande Valley, FEMA is here to help flood victims receive relief funds as quickly as possible. News center 23’s Amy Martinez brings us the news. 

FEMA teams are now going door to door to help homeowners and renters whose homes were damaged during last month’s flooding. They’re asking families a series of questions to help identify some of the current needs in the Valley. 

Robin Smith, Spokesperson for FEMA has this to say, 

“These teams are here basically to assist the needs of the people. If you had flood damage, if you have registered or not. And if you have not registered and need some assistance, they’re going to be able to assist you with that.” 

Neighbors tell us that a subdivision in South Pharr saw about two feet of rain. 

Maria Leal Ponce, a flood victim says, 

“When cars would drive by they would push the water into my house. The water was up to my door frame, and outside it was completely flooded. We couldn’t even walk outside.” 

FEMA representatives say that the sooner victims register, the faster they’ll start to receive assistance. 

“The way the process works is, usually they will inspect all day long. At the end of the day they download all their findings into the FEMA system, and then from there, there will be determinations made as to what we can help with, what we may need more information on and those kind of things.” Robin Smith, FEMA representative. 

For more information on how to apply for FEMA assistance please the following article: 

Important FEMA tips before applying

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