The FEMA recovery centers are now open to help victims of the Bear Creek wildfire in Marion and Cass counties. FEMA specialists are on hand to help people register for aid, inclduing temporary housing and grants. "Whether they are a homeowner a renter, have insurance or don't have insurance...they need to reigster because FEMA may be able to offer them some aid," says Margaret Broadbent.
It's estimated that 66 homes also burned in this area, so the Small Business Association is here, too, offering disaster loans to rebuild homes, businesses and non-profit organizations. Phil Duncan is in Linden this week, answering questions and talking to business and homeowners. He says it's important to pursue all options because, "it's a very rare case when someone is fullly insured."
So far 23 Cass County residents are registered, approved for $70,000 in aid. 59 Marion County residents have been approved for almost $400,000. FEMA representatives will be in Cass County through Saturday. They're planning on going to Marion County on Monday.
FEMA Recovery Centers
Law Enforcement Training Center- 1031 County Road 1913, Linden, TX 75563
Jefferson Visitor Center and Tourism Office- 305 East Austin St., Jefferson, TX 75657 (opens Monday)