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Time Running Out For Flood Relief


by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's coming down to the last hours before federal assistance for flood victims is cut off. The deadline to apply for FEMA and SBA Loans is Thursday and everyone, even those who think they might not need the help now, is advised to apply.

As the clock winds down on flood relief, Congressman Jim Cooper is out making sure everyone who needs help, applies for it.

"There is a lot of hardship in Nashville," said Congressman Jim Cooper. "A lot of streets, homes, a lot of businesses that are still hurting. We got to make sure everybody gets every penny of help."

Thursday marks the final day victims can apply for FEMA or SBA Loans. These loans and grants are typically looked at as a gateway to many other state and local assistance programs.

"So this is a is the race to register. we are in the final lap. people have go to get their paper work in," added Cooper.

Since May 1, Mayor Karl Dean and others have reiterated that all flood victims should fill out the application and a number of people have. In the mid-state 66,000 people to be exact have applied for the federal grants and loans, with $150,000,000 awarded.

"Once the paper work is filed, we can work with you on appeals and different programs like that," said Cooper.

There are hundreds, even thousands, more who might need the assistance, if not now, in the near future.

"Six months from now you may decide you need to and you can't reopen a case that doesn't exist. so, what you want to do by tomorrow is make sure you have a case," said Loretta Owens is with the Mayor's Flood Recovery Team.

She said there are a lot of people who have taken the loans and assistance, even if they don't need it yet, like Brenda Duck.

Her condo was washed out, but because she applied for FEMA and SBA, she could get future assistance if needed.

"There's a deadline and you don't want to shut the door without know what's behind it or what the next door might be there," added Owens.

Email: mwashington@newschannel5.com

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