FEMA Continue Assistance for Flood Victims

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Late April’s heavy flooding was devastating to many local residents.

Shortly after the storms, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials opened recovery centers in Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.

After several weeks, FEMA is now adjusting its response to fit the current demand.

"Traffic has fallen away, and because of that we have adjusted our hours to better serve the taxpayers,” said Rett Campbell, Disaster Recovery Center Manager in Walton County.

All centers throughout the panhandle will now be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. FEMA representative Bob Howard says just because they may not get any help, based on their online registration, doesn't mean they shouldn’t stop by the assistance offices.

"It is really important they fill out that application because if they don't qualify with an SBA loan, that will go back to FEMA, and they may be eligible for other programs,” said Howard.

And even though residents have little damage now, that may not always be the case.

"With a subtropical environment like this, sometimes there can be mold in the home. If there has been any water in the home at all, and then it goes away, the floor may not look bad, the walls may not look bad, but there could be a lot of things going on behind the walls, and under the floor,” said Campbell.

FEMA says it's helped more than 8,000 people in Escambia County, 1,700 people in Santa Rosa County, 850 people in Okaloosa County, and a little more than 240 families in Walton County.