NORRISTOWN PA – Property owners in Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick, Pottstown, and elsewhere in Montgomery County are now are eligible for financial help to pay for repairing damage caused last month by Hurricane Irene, because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a “major disaster declaration” on their behalf, county Communications Director John Corcoran said Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2011).
Uninsured and under-insured home owners, renters and businesses may qualify for grants to cover costs of temporary housing, home repair, home replacement and permanent housing construction, he said. They must apply for the program, either online (here) or by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.
The government’s aid so far applies only to damage sustained between Aug. 26-30, when Irene hit the county with punishing winds and drenching rain, Corcoran noted. The county Public Safety Department is seeking, but so far has not obtained, additional assistance for those affected by Tropical Storm Lee earlier this month, he added.
FEMA community relations specialists are being dispatched within the county to meet with those who have ether filed claims or who obviously were adversely affected by flooding. Corcoran said agency representatives may visit from door-to-door in some neighborhoods, and will be clearly identified by FEMA shirts and ID badges.
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