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More than 1,200 Pike Countians apply for aid after flash floods

PIKEVILLE — More than 1,200 Pike Countians have applied for individual disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spokesman Don Daniel said Tuesday.

About $4.3 million in grants has been approved to help people repair damage from deadly flash floods on July 17. "Those are big numbers," Daniel said.

FEMA's two mobile centers, available to help individuals fill out applications for aid, are open at the mouth of Harless Creek adjacent to Community Trust Bank, 10579 Regina Belcher Highway in Marrowbone, and at Raccoon Creek at Community Funeral Home, 4902 Zebulon Highway in Pikeville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The same help is available by phone 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 1-800-621-3362, or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Pike County residents affected by the floods may also apply for waivers to use the state food stamp program, Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced. Anyone who lives in the ZIP codes 41501, 41502, 41522, 41539 or 41557, or who worked in Pike County and has lost income because of the floods, may apply for a U.S. Department of Agriculture waiver for the program administered by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

To be eligible, a household must have lost food or have a home or self-owned business damaged in the flood. Income, household size and accessible resources will be counted in determining eligibility.

To apply, bring identification and verification of residency to:

■ Pikeville College Athletic Center, 100 Bank Street, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4, 5 and 6.

■ Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center, 126 Main Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7.

■ The Department for Community Based Services local office, 295 Hambley Boulevard, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7; and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9, 10 and 11.

Applicants also should bring proof of Social Security numbers for all household members, take-home income, accessible resources such as savings and cash on hand, and statements to verify disaster-related expenses.

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