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By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, IL (KFVS) -Many of the residents in Olive Branch keep asking themselves the same old questions, where do I begin to clean things up? And will I get any help?

Hundreds of people gathered at the community center on Saturday afternoon to hear what state legislators had to say about when help would arrive.

"The main thing right now is just to ask people that have lost valuables and some have lost their homes, just to write down what they've lost," said State Representative Brandon Phelps 118th District.

"We're asking the towns to do the same thing. Because we have to get to that $16.5-million dollar declaration, all the damages have to go over that before we get federal help."

For many of those sitting at the community center that is the help they are hoping for.

"It would help me rebuild the inside of my house," said Joseph Ramage.

"Because I was told I have to tear out all the walls, and all the flooring. That's going to cost quite a bit. I'm on disability, it would help me a lot."

And for many of the people living along Cypress Drive help is coming in the form of volunteers from area churches, until the federal help arrives.

"It would be a blessing, if we can get it. We just have to wait and see on that," said Phyllis Fry.

"We retired and we wanted to enjoy our retirement, not have to use it to rebuild constantly. So if we can get the help we're promised we're going to get, it would be a God send."

Disaster assessment teams with FEMA are scheduled to be in Southern Illinois in the coming week.

"I know it's a slow process, but write down everything you've lost and just be ready when the FEMA Damage Assessment teams get to town," said Representative Phelps.

 

 

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