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05.08.07

Disaster Recovery Centers Open

Tornado victims in Cactus can now go to a Disaster Recovery Center to get information on how they can receive help. NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente has been tracking this story and brings us an update.

Hundreds of homes and several businesses were damaged in Cactus from the tornado. Now, those affected can go straight to the source of help. 

FEMA has set up this Disaster Recovery Center in Cactus to help provide tornado victims with answers to any questions they may have. "FEMA really helping out, appreciate it, they've been patient, they have people that show they care for us," says tornado victim Mary Cruz.

"Think it's great, we need the help, that shows thinking about us, we have not been forgotten," says another victim, Belinda Rivera. Several people are now waiting to see if they will receive help from FEMA, but that's not the only organization helping out, officials with the Small Business Administration and the State of Texas are also on hand providing services.

"FEMA does emergency short term. We're the folks who do the lending to help replace damaged real estate, personal property and help businesses affected by the disaster," says Bill Koontz, with the SBA. You can go by the Cactus community center between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. for more information on how you can receive help.

Even with aid, residents say it will be a long road to recovery. "It's been hard, small town but we're united, encourage come and find out, it's like they say you don't know until you apply," says Rivera. "I feel now back on way, not going to be the same that's for sure," says Cruz.

FEMA is asking you to apply for aid within thirty days. You can go by the center or call them at 1-800-621-3362. July second is the deadline for loans through the SBA.

Tulia tornado victims can also go to a disaster recovery center in their town. 
FEMA has set up shop at city hall to aid those affected by the tornado that hit the town more than two weeks ago.

Officials with the Small Business Administration and representatives with the State of Texas are available to answer questions and provide help.

To get more information, you can go by the disaster recovery center. It is open seven days a week between eight in the morning and six at night.

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