FEMA in-person flood relief center opens in Rockcastle County

Published: Jun. 28, 2021 at 12:18 PM EDT
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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Nearly four months ago, historic flooding swept through several counties. In Rockcastle County, several homes were completely destroyed near Mr. Vernon and along the Rockcastle River.

“It’s quite devastating to see along the River down there the homes that were impacted and we had one home that was totally washed away and washed down the river,” Rockcastle Emergency Management Director David Colson said.

Now all these months later, Colson says many residents are continuing to make repairs, trying to get back to normalcy. And now they’ll be able to more easily get the help they need through the support centers as they allow those impacted to talk directly with FEMA staff.

“We don’t want anyone to leave anything on the table so we want them to come out and speak with the subject matter experts about their situation to see if FEMA can be of assistance to them,” FEMA spokesperson Hattie Stallworth said.

To make sure FEMA gets to everyone that needs help across the Commonwealth, the deadline to apply for their individual assistance has recently been extended until July 8.

“We had those add on counties, we had 22 add on counties and that gives people more time to register with FEMA. We don’t want anyone left out, we don’t want anyone to leave anything on the table if they qualify for assistance we want to make sure they get it,” Stallworth said.

These in-person support centers are also making it easier for residents who either don’t have internet or are limited with their travel to more easily get assistance they’ve desperately needed.

“It’s closer for some people in Jackson County to come here, Pulaski County I’ve talked to people from Pulaski that are wanting to come over and some people from Lincoln County that’s wanting to come in,” Colson said.

The Rockcastle FEMA location is open Tuesday, June 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you would rather call, their helpline is 1-800-621-3362.

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