The FEMA Center in Jackson County will be leaving Saturday night at 6 0'clock, but for those still in need, their services won't be far away. For the past two weeks hundreds of flood victims have visited the site resulting in peace of mind and for some compensation for last months rain disaster. Now the county and state believe the centers traffic has slowed down enough to close shop.
"It's important to understand that even though this center is closed in Jackson County it doesn't mean that we are still not available for assistance," said FEMA Public Affairs Representative, Jack Heesch. At this time 150 people have visited the recovery center in Marianna, "That's 150 folks that were able to come in and sit down and talk with one of our applicant assistants face to face.
We were well received and folks have taken good advantage of the fact that we were here." In JacksonCounty alone 247 people have registered for Individual Federal Assistance. Heesch says that number far exceeded the initial damage assessments. Just under a quarter million dollars in federal grants have been given to home owners, renters and small businesses.
While the center closes Saturday evening, inspectors will still be in the area to assess damage and tend to any people in need. The deadline to register for Individual Federal Assistance for any damage that took place between April 27th and May 6th is July 7th.