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Lubbock County disaster recovery center now open

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Tuesday is day one of a temporary disaster recovery center in Lubbock County. Property owners who suffered damage from flooding rains during the July 4th weekend (due to the remnants of Hurricane Alex) must register their damage by October 4th with FEMA or the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"The important thing is, anybody who feels that they did suffer losses during the flooding and especially if they don't have the ability to recover from that, that they do want to register," said Bob Howard, FEMA representative.

FEMA set up the disaster recovery center at the Slaton ISD board room located on 140 East Panhandle Street. Any Lubbock County resident or business with flood damage can meet with FEMA representatives face to face to discuss damages.

 "One thing people don't realize is that if you're a small business owner and you're impacted you might qualify for unemployment insurance in time of disaster," said Howard.

Other agencies like the Agriculture Department and Small Business Administration will also be at the center on hand to answer questions about business or crop losses.

The center will be open until this Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but if you register online or by phone you don't have to visit the center. The very last day to register is October 4th.

Property owners can also call 1-800-621-3362, or 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing/speech impaired or go to http://disasterassistance.gov/

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