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Sanford flood victims rebuild as they wait for FEMA relief

Flood victims have until September 8th to apply for assistance through FEMA.
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 7:18 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -(07/14/2020)- It’s been a long two months for Rebecca Johnson.

The Sanford resident has been living in a camper in her driveway while her home undergoes extensive repairs.

“Definitely progress has been made. I am rebuilding,” said Sanford homeowner, Rebecca Johnson.

But there are signs of life beyond the historic flooding that gutted her home in May.

“Things are coming together. Started picking out flooring, so I know it’s happening,” she said.

Without a payment from her insurance company, much of the work being done on Johnson’s home is with the help of volunteers.

But that could soon change now that President Trump has issued a major disaster declaration..

Johnson like thousands of other impacted-- has applied for additional assistance through FEMA.

“Gotten registered and so it’s just a wait and see. I don’t really have any expectations” Johnson said.

Scott Harris had several buildings badly damaged by the floods.

Harris is a contractor, so he has been doing much of the rebuilding himself.

So any little bit helps.

“Well, I put my name in the hat. I can tell you that. I don’t know what will come out of it,” said business owner Scott Harris.

Flood victims have until September 8th to apply for assistance through FEMA.

In the meantime--Rebecca Johnson is looking forward to moving back into her home, as early as next month.

“It’s not that far, but will see. At least being able to live in my home,”she said.

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