FEMA surveying damages left by flooding

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - There is some good news for residents in Pocahontas who are trying to clean up the mess that recent flooding has left behind.  Representatives with FEMA are on the ground in Pocahontas assessing the damage.

"The longer this stuff stays in my house the worse it is so I want to know what I can do," said Keith White.

White is ready to get started on the cleanup in his home, as are others in his neighborhood.
Pocahontas Fire Chief Scott Baltz said flooding victims need to contact FEMA and set up an appointment for those with the agency to look at their home.

"They basically have to save all the furniture and stuff in a secured area at their house because FEMA will want to look at it," said Baltz.

White said he and his family are still trying to come to grips with what has happened.

"It's just the devastation.  There are six houses in this whole addition that did not get flooded," said White.

He said one thing that takes this situation from bad to worse is that many in the Robil Addition do not have flood insurance.

"We weren't eligible because it wasn't in a flood zone," said White.

The cleanup will be costly and time consuming.  Many say they don't know where to start when their entire lives have been turned upside down.

To set up an appointment with FEMA you can call: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

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