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FEMA gives clarity to Iowa flood victims

Posted: 10:10 PM, May 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-21 23:10:41-04

GLENWOOD, Neb. (KMTV) — Hundreds of people affected filed into a high school gym tonight just to get some answers on what they need to do next.

To help those that lost their home and are looking for assistance representatives from FEMA say they have trailers ready to mobilize to a variety of sites for displaced folks to live in, but they likely won't be able to keep the trailer on their property, because of the flood risk.

They say that it will be on the city and counties to determine which houses need to be demolished and then to hire a contractor to complete the process.

Some folks may have been disappointed on getting denied assistance from FEMA, they’re message is to keep trying.

"Persistence is a good thing, if you make an application under the individual assistance program and don't believe you got what was fair, you should go back to the individual assistance program and say that and stay with it, it's part of the process."

FEMA reps say often times a lack of information or missing documents can trigger an initial denial of assistance.

Now as for the levees that broke that caused Pacific Junction to flood, FEMA says the temporary ones should be up by next month, with permanent fixes done by mid 2020.