The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid funding for the state of Delaware after last week's bout with Hurricane Floyd.
Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper said in a news release that he was informed by FEMA director James Lee Witt at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, that Delaware qualified for assistance for private residences and public structures.
The assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration can also be obtained to cover residential and business losses not fully covered by insurance.
Funds will also be provided to state and local governments for restoring damaged public facilities.
Residents who have questions about assistance can call the Delaware Emergency Management Agency at 302-659-DEMA. Residents who have been affected by Hurricane Floyd can call the American Red Cross at 302-656-6620 for assistance.
FEMA officials have joined DEMA in assessing damage in the First State from Floyd. They are examining private residences, bridges, roads, fire stations, water treatment facilities and other public structures.
Damage estimates are still being compiled, but it is anticipated that damages will far exceed the preliminary assessment of $4 million released Friday, Sept. 17, 1999.
The record rainfall from Floyd caused significant damage to homes, facilities and structures including bridges and highways. Greenwood, on the western side of Sussex County, was one of the hardest hit areas in the state with more than 75 percent of the downtown area under 1 to 4 feet of water.
To help in the state-wide cleanup from Hurricane Floyd, Gov. Carper asked Stan Taylor, commissioner of the Department of Corrections, to dispatch guarded and classified inmate cleanup crews, including platoons from the boot camp in Sussex County. Under correctional officers' supervision, crews will work with municipalities, non-profit organizations, and others across the state.
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