People in five Eastern Kentucky counties whose property was destroyed or damaged in flooding last month have received more than $10.8 million in cash grants so far, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The agency has approved a total of more than $11.1 million in individual assistance, but some hasn't been paid yet, FEMA spokeswoman Clare Eckert said.
People have used the money to replace or repair homes and belongings washed away or soaked when severe storms caused flash floods and mudslides in Eastern Kentucky in early May.
There might be a shortage of used mobile homes in Breathitt County because so many people have used their federal grants to buy them, Judge-Executive Jason Richardson said.
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"All in all, FEMA's done an excellent job" getting money to people, Richardson said.
Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford echoed that, but he said the federal agency hasn't moved quickly enough to assess damage to public infrastructure, including roads and bridges in his county.
That assessment is necessary for the counties to seek federal money for the cost of repairing public structures.
Pike, Breathitt, Floyd, Owsley and Magoffin counties received federal disaster declarations that allowed people to seek grants.
Doug Tackett, emergency management director in Pike County, said about 1,700 homes were destroyed or damaged there, and damage to roads and bridges totaled millions of dollars.
In Breathitt County, 177 homes were damaged or destroyed, Richardson said. As in Pike County, there was millions of dollars in damage to roads and bridges.
So far, more than 4,300 people in the five counties applied for individual grants, Eckert said.
People who qualify can use the money for rent or to replace or repair homes, clothing, appliances and vehicles.
The number of applications is dwindling, so FEMA will close disaster-recovery centers in Pike, Floyd, Owsley and Magoffin counties, according to a news release.
However, the Small Business Administration will open loan-outreach centers at three of those places on June 29: the Martin Community Center in Floyd County; the Owsley County Action Team building; and the Belfry library in Pike County.
Centers where residents can apply for FEMA grants will remain open at Johns Creek Elementary School in Pike County and at the Lifeskills Building in Breathitt County.
People also can apply for grants at 1-800-621-3362 or www.DisasterAssistance.gov.