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FEMA in-person assistance for flood victims begins in Estill County

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 4:20 PM EDT
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ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Thursday, Friday and Saturday, FEMA is once again holding their mobile help centers in Estill, Magoffin and Martin counties, where people are looking to get answers from the devastating floods months ago.

“Well the water got over my kitchen counters and my pontoon boat was next to my roof,” Dillion Taulbee said.

Taulbee is still waiting for assistance after the major floods heavily damaged his home. He says his in-person meeting with FEMA was helpful.

“They answered all of my questions most definitely. I am waiting for the inspectors and so from there, we will find out what the next step is for me,” Taulbee said.

So far on day one of the mobile support center in Estill County, it’s been steady and the lines have not been long. Estill County Emergency Management is pleased by the turnout and hope more of their residents show up for assistance.

“We are grateful that FEMA is here in our community so that the folks that need help or had issues with the process or anything like that can come out here and be face to face to help them,” Director of Estill County Emergency Management Ronnie Riddell said.

Riddell hopes that people can utilize these resource centers before the June 23 deadline.

“It’s been a mixed bag. I think it depends on the what the circumstances were. Some people have gotten help really quickly actually, if there was a difficulty in the process it may have been slower,” Riddell said.

The sites in Estill, Magoffin, and Martin counties will be available until June 12. From June 16-18, the site will be in Clay County, and June 17-19 there will be sites in Floyd and Lee counties.

The deadline for requesting assistance is June 23.

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