155 Homeowners Apply for FEMA Flood Help

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The recent heavy rain brought us out of a crippling drought, but it also caused a flood of problems for some families. 

155 Wichita County homeowners have already applied for FEMA assistance.

Only memories remain in the Young Family home.

“We bought this home shortly after we got married and this was our life,” explained homeowner, T.J. Young Junior.

This was the first time their two-year-old son Trip saw their home since the flood waters rushed in.

“Wooooooahhh,” exclaimed Trip Young III.

“Does it look different baby,” T.J. questioned.

“It does look different,” answered Trip.

From a child’s eyes, the now partially gutted home new territory to explore.

“Look at this! I’m going to do this,” shouted Trip.

“What? You’re going to walk through the walls,” T.J. responded.

But, to his parents, it is tough to look at. 

T.J. said they had get out of their home quickly, so he grabbed what little he could.

“Very little, clothes, that’s about it,” T.J. stated.

They said the water was from sewage and came up to about three feet in height.

Now, Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said there is a possibility Wichita County, using FEMA funds, could buy out their home.

“If the homeowners want to be considered for buyout, then we’re going to look at that. If anyone else wants to try to do that, then we will certainly look and see if they fit FEMA’s formula,” said Judge Gossom.

He said figuring that out is a long process, one that could take months.

“We would like to be able to relocate, if possible. My main concern is we do not want another family to go through what we had to go through because this is really hard and it’s happened too many times,” said Abby Young.

 The Young Family has been living with relatives for the past month.

Now, if you still need to apply for assistance, Judge Gossom said FEMA will remain at the local library until Saturday, June 27th.

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