FEMA not expected to offer assistance to Manatee flood victims

Posted at 2:07 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 17:45:26-04

Florida’s Director of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, spent Wednesday afternoon touring flooding in Manatee County. He surveyed the damage and spoke to residents in the Centre Lake neighborhood.

“There’s a lot of cleanup that still needs to be done here,” said Koon.

He was in the area to determine if the State of Florida will be able to offer assistance to the nearly one-hundred residents impacted by the weekend flooding.

“We are at the very beginning of this thing helping them understand what the magnitude so we can develop the appropriate solutions,:” said Koon.

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Koon said the damage was not severe enough for FEMA to offer assistance, but the state may be able to offer low interest loans for people to rebuild their homes.

Neighbor John Holliday said any type of help is much needed in his neighborhood.

“It would be great if someone who could cover some of the temp expensive we have until we move,” said Holliday.

Nearly a foot of water hit Manatee County over the weekend.