New Mexicans face flooding due to burns to receive FEMA assistance

More federal aid is on the way to help those suffering from wildfires and flood damage. KOAT has covered New Mexicans devastated by monsoon floods over the past few weeks. Some people in those areas told us that FEMA denied them. With the recently announced extended relief, these people can now be eligible for that federal assistance. President Joe Biden visited our state two months ago, where he approved federal aid for New Mexicans, but it was only for those who suffered wildfire damage. “You are well aware that people in those affected areas are going through a difficult time,” said Sandra Esslinger, FEMA coordinator. And now, that’s the scary part, said Margaret and John Sanchez, who live in flooded areas. I went to visit FEMA, and they drove me away. With expanded disaster relief assistance, it could get These new Mexicans need the help Dasha Castillo, a FEMA spokesperson, said: “There is now disaster assistance available for flood damage, mud and debris.” Residents of Mora, Lincoln, Colfax, San Miguel and Valencia counties can now qualify for FEMA assistance. Even if they have already received assistance for bushfire damage. FEMA representatives say that if someone has already registered for wildfire assistance, they will not have to re-register in the event of a flood. You get an inspector who will come add you to assess the damage, and that starts the recovery process. FEMA assistance will be case-specific. Location and circumstances such as insurance will play a role in determining who is approved for such assistance. FEMA tells KOAT that they are working to extend the registration deadline, but so far, it’s still Aug. 4. To register, you can call 1-800-621-3362 or go to https://www.koat.com/article/as seen on 7 links/33572836.

More federal aid is on the way to help those suffering damage from wildfires and floods.

KOAT covered New Mexicans devastated by monsoon floods in the past few weeks. Some people in those areas told us that FEMA denied them. With the newly announced Expanded Disaster Relief, these people can now be eligible for that federal assistance.

President Joe Biden visited our state two months ago, agreeing to federal aid for New Mexicans, but it was only for those who suffered wildfire damage.

“We are well aware that people in those affected areas are going through a difficult time,” said Sandra Esslinger, FEMA coordinator.

Now, floods caused by burns are decimating northern New Mexico.

“When you see the water rushing in and out of the ascia, that’s the scary part. I went to visit FEMA, and they turned me away,” said Margaret and John Sanchez, who live in flooded areas.

With Expanded Disaster Relief Assistance, these New Mexicans can get the help they need.

Dasha Castillo is the official spokesperson for FEMA.

“There is now disaster assistance available for flood damage, mud and debris,” Castillo said.

Residents of Mora, Lincoln, Colfax, San Miguel and Valencia counties can now receive FEMA assistance. Even if they have already received assistance for the damage caused by forest fires. FEMA representatives say that if someone has already registered for wildfire assistance, they do not have to re-register in the event of a flood.

“You’ll have an inspector come in to add you to assess the damages, and begin the recovery process,” Castillo said.

FEMA assistance will be case-specific. Location and circumstances such as insurance will play a role in who is approved for this assistance. FEMA tells KOAT that they are working on extending the registration deadline, but as of now, it’s still August 4th.

To register, you can call 1-800-621-3362 or go to https://www.koat.com/article/as-seen-on-7-links/33572836.

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