All El Paso County residents impacted by the September floods that ravaged the Front Range may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
County Commissioner Sallie Clark on Tuesday reinforced the announcement that was made shortly after storms dumped torrential rains from Colorado Springs to the Wyoming-Colorado border from Sept. 12-15. Homeowners, renters, business owners and even the homeless can register with FEMA and apply for grant money to replace damaged or lost property.
FEMA's El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center is at the Colorado Springs Fire Training Center, 375 Printers Parkway. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Although people can register in person, officials recommend registering online at disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 before going to the recovery center.
Renee Bafalis, a FEMA spokeswoman, said those seeking assistance should remain persistent after the initial application process.
According to Bafalis, people who have applied will receive a determination letter announcing the amount of aid for which they're qualified. If the ruling is not satisfactory, people will have 60 days from when the letter was issued to file an appeal at a recovery center.