Today is last day to apply for federal flood relief

Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 2:34am
Staff reports

Not sure if you qualify for federal flood relief? The best way to find out is to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency before it’s too late. The deadline is today, Thursday, Aug. 5.

Federal grants are available for housing assistance, repairing and replacing essential personal property, and other serious disaster-related needs.

"This is the final chance for persons affected by this disaster to register for federal assistance," said TEMA Director James Bassham. "Once registered, you may continue to take advantage of possible disaster-related grant and loan programs. Keep your recovery options open; register with FEMA today."

The deadline to return a U.S. Small Business Administration loan application for physical damage to homes, personal property and businesses is also Aug. 5. SBA loans are the largest source of disaster funds to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property or for making substantial repairs or rebuilding damaged structures. The low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, non-profits and businesses of all sizes.

To apply for federal disaster assistance, call FEMA's Helpline at 800-621-FEMA from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. or register online at