Help available for Tropical Storm Debby victims

Published On: Sep 07 2012 03:17:14 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 07 2012 03:21:52 PM EDT

Taylor Ciara Williams

This poor home is the victim of serious flooding, and it looks like the water will only get worse with the rain still to come. 


While the deadline for victims of Tropical Storm Debby has passed, Florida officials say there are still services available to them.

Those in need of assistance beyond insurance or other sources can call 211 from participating counties.

Those who suffered property damage or other loss due to the storm who can't afford an attorney and run into legal difficulties due to the storm can call the Florida Disaster Legal Services hotline at 866-550-2929 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Assistance is available in Spanish.

With more than 20 inches of rain was recorded across parts of north Florida as Debby passed in June, Catholic Charities reported this week there are still 200 homes underwater, making it impossible for cleanup crews to access them.

There are 4,000 homes in various stages of recovery. The ground is so saturated that officials can't pump water out. Three hundred sinkholes have opened up across the region.

Those who did apply for assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency can get updates on their application by calling 800-621-3362. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and assistance is available in most languages. Survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY line can call 800-462-7585.

Individuals and businesses with questions about their application for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration may call 800-659-2955 or send an email to: Survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY line can call 800-877-8339.


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