City, county leaders urge homeowners to document flood damage for FEMA application

Peter Havel isn't moving into his Paducah home, but the amount of furniture and belongings outside may suggest it.  Water damage is so common, he's had to put his furniture on concrete blocks.

"It's just so much erosion has happened that now I can't keep it out," Havel told Local 6.

This is his 34th flood in 21 years.  He knows his home is in a low-lying area, but believes something must be done to keep water away.  "The creeks need to be widened.  They need to be deepened.  There needs to be retention ponds to hold the excess water," he said.

McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield told Local 6 Havel isn't the only one still cleaning up from the July 7th flash flooding event.  "I think we've had about 15 calls this morning," Mansfield said. 

Mansfield is working to get a disaster declaration from FEMA.  In order for that to happen, FEMA must decide if the area qualifies so he's asking people to document their degree of damage.  "The more documentation we can acquire, the better chance we might have for assistance," he said. 

Havel doesn't know how much money he's spent this time, but hopes he gets some of it back because the out of pocket costs are burning a hole in his finances.

"It's just pouring out the door faster than I can count it," Havel said.

If you would like to submit your information for FEMA's review, click here.

 

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