FEMA sets up disaster recovery center in Heights area

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Residents who were recently flooded out can file for disaster relief at the Leonel Castillo Community Center

A community center in the Heights will serve as a disaster recovery center starting Monday.

Victims of the Memorial Day floods can come to the Leonel J. Castillo Community Center on South Street to apply for disaster assistance.

Representatives from FEMA, SBA and the Red Cross will be on site six days per week until there is no longer a need.

Sylvia Harris came from her home in Florida to help register victims with FEMA.

"Sometimes rich people's houses get flooded. Sometimes poor people's houses get flooded. You just have to be prepared for anything," Harris said, "They might be in tears. They might be very emotional or they might not, so we just stick to the plan and get them registered as efficiently and as fast as possible so that they can get some help."

FEMA employees come from all over the country to help. Harris is from florida. She says she'll be here along with several other FEMA and SBA employees to help families six days a week, up until there's no longer a need.
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