Walker County added to disaster list

Federal officials have added another county to the disaster list from this week’s floods, as Walker County joins seven other counties were federal assistance is now available.

Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office announced the addition of Walker County on Friday afternoon, after Vice President Joe Biden announced that Chattooga and Stephens were also included.

The full list of eligible counties now is: Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Paulding, Stephens and Walker.

Residents and business owners in those counties can now apply for a wide range of federal assistance. To apply, go to FEMA’s disaster Web site or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired.

Individual assistance can include grants to pay for temproary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses, as well as temporary unemployment benefits for those who have lost their jobs due to the flood.

6 comments Add your comment

sherry

September 25th, 2009
5:15 pm

EVERY COUNTY SHOULD GET THE HELP THEY NEED. NOBODY ASK FOR THIS, SO LETS HOPE EVERYONE GETS HELP. ITS SAD TO WATCH TV AND SEE PEOPLES HOME’S UNDER WATER, AND TO THE PEOPLE WHO LOST A FAMILY MEMBER, MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU, MY GOD BE WITH YOU.

Add more counties

September 25th, 2009
5:50 pm

Why are Fulton, Dekalb and Gwinnett not on this list? We racking up the damage just like everyone else.

PJ

September 25th, 2009
6:18 pm

What about Fulton? Did they not see all those homes along Peachtree Creek?!

EBM

September 25th, 2009
6:47 pm

Curious to know who determined that only a select few of those affected would get assistance. I’m in Dekalb and suffered flood damage. Thank God it wasn’t MAJOR but all the same it’s costing a lot.

Justin M

September 25th, 2009
7:13 pm

Disaster declarations are made based upon certain rules/conditions (percentage of area affected, etc). The majority of Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Fulton had no damage or flooding, so the percentage of area is much smaller than the other counties, so the disaster declaration isn’t automatic. In those cases, more paperwork and justification is required from the counties before a disaster area is declared. This isn’t just someone’s gut feeling going “let’s declare that county a disaster area!”

Kisha N

September 25th, 2009
7:31 pm

I can understand how Douglas, Paulding, Carroll, Walker is able to get assistance, but I’m curious to knowwhy wasn’t Fulton and Gwinett counties weren’t included? Also Dekalb? Who is going to help them? Times are hard and of course we can not help what mother nature brings, but no one was prepared for this, a lot of residents do not have flood insurance and majority lost their jobs due to flood damage. I live in Dekalb, but I thank God my area wasn’t affected, put other parts of Dekalb were. Coming from a hurricane state (Florida) I know how it is not to receive help until we speak out! No one asked for this to happen. But who is making the decisions?