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FEMA recovery center closes after more than two months

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Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Mike Lopez talks with a resident trying to get to his home on a flooded street on Alamo Road and Alberta Saturday June 20, 2015 north of Alamo. Residents in low areas of eastern Edinburg and in Hidalgo County were evacuated overnight and into the day Saturday as heavy rains flooded streets and homes. photo by Nathan Lambrecht/nlambrecht@themonitor.com

FEMA, state, county agencies continue flood relief aid efforts at UTPA venue

FEMA, state, county agencies continue flood relief aid efforts at UTPA venue

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A Hidalgo County worker walks through a flooded Raven Circle as high water encircle homes in a neighborhood after hard rain fell June 23, 2015 in Edinburg. photo by joel martinez/jmartinez@themonitor.com

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Joey Zamora attempts to clear a path for flood water to flow away from his grandfathers home Saturday June 20, 2015 on Alamo and Alberta Roads north of Alamo. photo by Nathan Lambrecht/nlambrecht@themonitor.com

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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2015 9:30 pm

FEMA recovery center closes after more than two months

LORENZO ZAZUETA-CASTRO | STAFF WRITER

The Monitor

PHARR — Adela Mansilla sat inside a small room at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood recovery center Saturday morning looking over a contractor’s repair estimate to fix damage to her roof.

The 62-year-old McAllen native was one of a handful of people at the center turning in last-minute paperwork before it closed its doors for good later that day.

The FEMA recovery center opened in late June after severe weather pummeled Hidalgo County residents in early May through late June and caused floods that affected many people’s homes. The center was established in Hidalgo County after it was added to the Presidential Disaster Declaration for individual assistance list.

The center, which helped more than 4,300 people in Hidalgo County register for relief funds from late June through August, was established as a one-stop shop for people affected by the floods, where they could register and speak to FEMA officials face-to-face, FEMA spokesman Alberto Pillot said.

Pillot said in addition to the resources at the center, FEMA volunteers helped people register, going door-to-door, speaking with residents in more rural areas and colonias.

Mansilla said the severe weather in May and June, which included hail, caused damage to her roof that led to water leaking into her kitchen and bedroom.

Pillot said more than $2.5 million in relief funds were granted to residents of Hidalgo County, the majority of those funds went toward home repairs and rental assistance. Hidalgo County residents received the third-highest dollar amount in funds, behind Hays and Harris counties, which reported more than $8 million and $20 million, respectively, in relief funds granted.

Despite the closure of the recovery center, the FEMA spokesman said those people who already registered can continue to speak to FEMA representatives as it relates to their case.

lzazueta@themonitor.com

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