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FEMA Refused Individual Assistance to Harrison County for June Derecho
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on October 23, 2012 @ 7:19PM
Created on October 23, 2012 @ 6:29PM
 
Harrison County homeowners aren't getting any federal help for damage caused by the June derecho. The county didn't have enough homes with severe damage to qualify for the aid.
 
Paul Bump, Harrison-Taylor 911 Executive Director, said that FEMA doesn't officially release the numbers to them but he knew of approximately 10 homes that did have extreme damage after the storms. Unfortunately for those homeowners, that's not close to what we need to qualify for the aid.

State officials and 911 directors encouraged people who had problems after the derecho to call FEMA to get their homes checked out. Bump said he knows people in the county called because they'd check in with the 911 center after to verify it. He said the county and some government officials did all they could to try to get the extra assistance to these homeowners but they had a feeling that it wouldn't be possible.
 
Even though there was a lot of damage, the actual criteria set by FEMA just wasn't met here.
 
"There were a handful of serious damages, there was a whole lot of problems. I mean, people with a little bit of damages or people with power outages or refrigerators or things like that, things that don't count against that threshold. When you get right down to the numbers of homes that were significantly damaged or destroyed, there just weren't that many," Bump said. 
 
He said there were about two homes that were totally destroyed.

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