FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended


Old Log Cabin Store on Hwy. 72 in Limestone County damaged by April 28th tornado has been torn down. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - At the request of Gov. Robert Bentley, FEMA has agreed to extend the deadline to apply for disaster assistance related to the April 28th tornados. It means storm victims who have not yet registered have an extra two weeks in which to do so.

Many of the scars from the April 28th tornado in Limestone County remain clearly visible, so are the signs of r while ecovery and rebuilding. This house is going up on Log Cabin Road to replace one destroyed by the storm. It's almost ready for a family to move in.

The log cabin for which the road is named was severely damaged, it's gone now, and the lot has been cleared.

Few who saw it can forget the scene on Seven Mile Post Road where more than a dozen duplex apartments were destroyed. Several people were injured here and others saw a lifetime of memories and their belongings scattered by the wind. Today, the entire area has been cleared and the foundations for new apartments are going up on the same concrete slabs were the old apartments had stood.

Recovery has been slow for many. This man put up new fencing Friday so he could move his livestock back in. His house unlivable, will be torn down. Still a lot of work to do.

And the trailer park on Highway 72 where two people died, its gone now, just a few signs of what had once been here, along with the old storm shelter where more than 80 people took cover, and survived.

Although the Limestone County FEMA office has closed, they are still accepting applications. You can file those on-line or by calling their toll-free telephone number. FEMA officials insist that even if your damage was very minimal, its best to go ahead and get registered with the system in case it turns out you do need assistance down the road.

Again, the deadline to register your storm damage with FEMA has been extended to July 15th. Even if you are not requesting assistance, by registering you will become eligible for low interest loans and other benefits.

To apply on-line, click: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.