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|Revised deadline for FEMA claims|
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has revised its deadline for Hurricane Gustav claims, added a new call-in number and released estimates of local aid.
The new deadline for applications for FEMA assistance is December 3.
The additional new telephone number for applications is 1-888-294-2822.
The estimates for funds distributed to individual applicants in Franklin Parish is about #3.2 million.
Estimated financial assistance for housing in the parish, as of Oct. 29, breaks down to 2,320,121 for structures and about 900,000 for "other needs."
In total, 1,343 parish residents have registered for FEMA assistance.
The Agency has operated a Disaster Recovery Center, a central location for hurricane victims to meet with agency representatives, twice since the Labor Day storm dropped over 20 inches in the area.
The two DRC's have operated 11 working days in the parish, "but, we have no way of knowing if everyone who's eligible has registered," said Maxine Cavanaugh, a public affairs official with FEMA.
"If there are folks in Franklin Parish who still need to register, they can go to any FEMA office or call in to the new number," Cavanaugh said. She said new offices are scheduled to be opened in the Monroe area soon.
Following national disasters, FEMA approaches recovery from both individual and public assistance.
Currently, there are several FEMA inspectors working with the Franklin Parish Police Jury to assess hurricane damages to public property.
Those assessments will play a major role in funding the parish receives from the federal government.