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|FEMA is coming back|
Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors and counselors return to Franklin Parish beginning this week offering a reward for those who have followed the advice to "be patient".
In two separate announcements, FEMA indicated it would reopen one office in Winnsboro to deal with individuals and would have inspectors in the area for public works problems.
For individuals, FEMA will reopen its office on Prairie Street Oct. 20-24 for the period 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.
Franklin Parish Police Jury President Harvey Guimbellot got word Monday that FEMA inspectors would be on hand for 60 days, dating from Oct. 10, to do a parish-wide assessment of Hurricane Gustave related damages to roads and other public facilities.
"It's really important that farmers and others let us know where the problems are," Guimbellot said. "We can't know where all the culverts are broken and where washouts in our drainage system could have happened on private property."
"We're going to have only 60 days to get all this looked at," he added.
Franklin Parish Office of Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness Director Mitch Reynolds said FEMA would reopen its Disaster Recovery Center Monday.
"There are 1,268 people registered with FEMA from our parish and when they left here (the office closed Oct. 6), they had talked to only about 50 percent of those people," Reynolds said.
He said having the office open for five more days will give all others with questions a chance to ask those questions. "If you've ever tried the 800 number, you'll know you can't get through," he added.
Guimbellot urged residents with knowledge, or complaints about roads, bridges, culverts or any public facility which could have been damaged in the recent weather to contact the Police Jury.
"They can call me," he said, "or Greg Humphries or the Road Barn."
Those telephone numbers are:
Road Barn 439-9446
Guimbellot stressed that the work done by FEMA inspectors in the period ending Dec. 9 will have a major affect on the funding that will be made available to the parish for recovery.
"Everything from mosquito spraying to bridge repairs could be affected," he said.