JACKSON COUNTY - FEMA is in Jackson County assisting residents with damage from the June 23 storms and resulting flooding.

FEMA disaster survivor assistance teams are going door-to-door in flood damaged areas, and a FEMA Mobile Unit is set up on Maple Street, Ripley. Anyone with damage from the June 23 storms (including culverts and private access bridges being assessed on an individual basis) should come in and apply. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

A total of 6,731 West Virginians have already registered for damage assistance with FEMA with $26.2 million in assistance designated for West Virginians. In nearby Roane County, 230 have registered and been awarded $616,000 in disaster assistance grants.

It is important for anyone who has suffered property damage (including culverts and private access bridges being assessed on an individual basis) resulting from the June 23 storms to contact FEMA for federal disaster assistance. Call 1-800-621-FEMA, online at disasterassistance.gov or go in person  to the FEMA mobile unit set up on Maple Street in Ripley. 

Those applying for disaster assistance will need the following: social security number, current contact information (telephone number and address if still on site) or address of the damaged property, flood insurance policy number (if you have flood insurance) and your bank routing number for direct deposit of assistance funds. Applying for benefits is a painless 15-20 minute process.

There are three types of assistance available:

--rental funding for up to two months for victims displaced by flooding/storm damage.

--grant money for home repairs.

--grant money for personal property replacement.

The maximum grant amount average is $33,000.

Low interest loans are also available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help flood victims get back to pre-disaster level. Call 1-800-659-2955 for information.