DUNBAR, W.Va. — Residents from the Dunbar/St. Albans area of Kanawha County who were impacted by the April 11-12 flooding are now eligible for federal individual disaster assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is welcoming those victims to apply for assistance online or in-person at its Disaster Recovery Center at the Dunbar Recreation Center located at 2601 Fairlawn Avenue in Dunbar.

The center has been helping residents impacted by the April 2-6 storms and has since added the April 11-12 incident after a disaster declaration was announced by President Joe Biden this week.

FEMA spokesperson Trey Paul said they’ve assisted more than a handful of victims since then.

“So far we’ve had seven registrations. That’s as of today (Friday) for that particular disaster. This is for individuals affected by the April 11-12 severe storms that included flooding, landslides and mudslides,” Paul said.

The latest declaration also applies to impacted residents living in Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Roane, Wetzel and Wood counties.

Paul said there are many ways FEMA is stepping up to meet the needs of residents who need help.

“We’re trying to reach out to as many as individuals effected as possible. It does help that we’re already on a rotation helping some of these residents that were impacted by both of these disasters. We actually have crews going out into the field going door-to-door,” he said.

Talking to a FEMA rep in-person can be very beneficial compared to registering online, Paul said.

“The benefits of coming to a Disaster Recovery Center is to get that face-to-face, one-on-one individual assistance,” he said. “If they have questions, they can come by and actually talk to a person versus talking to someone on the phone or dealing with an application online.”

Paul said FEMA covers a number of damaged areas.

“They may be eligible for financial assistance from FEMA for repairs, damaged furnaces, septic systems, private roads/bridges, private wells. Any survivors who made repairs to their homes or who replaced some damaged items related to the storms, they can submit receipts to FEMA for possible reimbursement,” he said.

FEMA may provide reimbursement for lodging expenses and for affected residents who needed additional housing assistance for more than two weeks due to damage to their primary home. The agency may also offer rent or a temporary place to live.

Residents can also call 1-800-621-3362, visit disaster.gov or download the FEMA app to register for assistance.

The deadline to apply for individual assistance is Sept. 3.

The Dunbar Disaster Recovery Center is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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