Flood damage assessments continue in Wiregrass

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

Damage reports continue to flow into the emergency management office in Houston County.

Already more than 400 homes throughout Houston County have been assessed for damage.

Most of the reports are from people complaining of water damage inside of their homes.

Officials are hoping the total damage reports are high enough to qualify the county for federal assistance.

Charles Finney with the Dothan / Houston County EMA said, "What we're doing is continuing damage assessments in reference to the places that were flooded."

And there are plenty of houses that need to be inspected for damage.

Officials say they've seen as much as 12-14 inches of water in homes because of the storm.

Finney said, "We are going out and people who've called in damage we are checking it and writing it down on data forms so we can provide them to FEMA and they can use them to determine if we'll be eligible for federal aide."

Many residents have called in with damage reports but officials say the scenario could have been much worse.

Former EMA Director Shelby Womack said, "Fortunately as we go through the counties looking at the homes that have been flooded the majority are low water levels, not major damage."

Still minor flood damage can be a major financial burden to some residents.

Womack said, “The majority of the people do not have flood insurance and if we can get help for them there is hope for them."

No insurance but hope that FEMA will assess the counties' damage and send money to help with much needed repairs.

FEMA officials will be in Houston County Tuesday to assess road and bridge damage and will be back the following week to assess residential damage. They'll then determine if and how much money will be sent to the county to help residents with repairs.

To report damage to The Houston County Emergency Management Agency you can contact them at 615-HELP.


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