MAYFIELD, KY – The cleanup of tornado damage in Local Area 6 is a mix of local, state and federal efforts. Some people depend on help from FEMA to rebuild their homes.
15,000 people in 16 Kentucky counties have requested FEMA assistance. Despite the large number of applications, 2,300 were approved for one or more types of assistance.
A significant amount of these requests could not be fulfilled. 6,000 are not eligible, which FEMA says could be due to a variety of reasons. One of the most common is that FEMA, by law, cannot duplicate benefits that include homeowners and renters insurance.
FEMA has not provided Local 6 with the number of people who are appealing their denied disaster claims. If your request was denied, you are able to provide additional evidence to show why you need FEMA’s assistance.
Finally, more than $72.8 million in federal funds are available for tornado survivors. $4.4 million will go to Mayfield, $4.2 million to Dawson Springs and $1 million to Marshall County.
FEMA says $1.3 million is being distributed to the 12 counties in Tennessee affected by the December tornadoes.
The city of Mayfield is set to receive $2.8 million from the state for collection costs not covered by FEMA.