Help on the way for flood survivors in Cape Girardeau
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO —
If you’ve ever been impacted by a flood, you know the recovery process can be a nightmare — not to mention a huge burden on your wallet — but help may be on the way.
Folks in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, might be able to get some financial help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Disaster survivor assistance teams will be in the area all week assessing damages and helping people apply for federal assistance.
A spokesperson for FEMA says the agency is doing all it can to help families recover from the flood.
"For these people, this is a catastrophic event for them," says Deanna Frazier, FEMA spokeswoman. "Something that they will have a difficult time recovering from, but that’s where FEMA comes in to help with eligible costs and help them on their road to recovery."
Not everyone is eligible for FEMA assistance and not all damages are covered under insurance.
If you find yourself in this situation, Frazier says you might be able to get help from the U.S. Small Business Administration. It’s providing low-interest home loans for flood survivors as low as 1.82 percent.
If you were affected by the flood, you can apply for assistance online by clicking here.
For Illinois, they’re still waiting to hear how much in damages the state submitted for this flood. The state had to submit at least $18 million in damages to be eligible for FEMA funding.