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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - FEMA inspectors began assessing flood damaged homes in Dougherty County Wednesday. At least 42 homes were damaged by recent flooding.

FEMA plans to open a Disaster Recovery Center in Albany Friday at Thornton Gym on the east side. The center won't open until Friday at noon, but today FEMA representative started door to door in the community passing out flyers about the location and encouraging those with damage to register.

It hasn't been easy for Kenny Freeman to get back on his feet after being forced out of his home and into a tent by flood waters. "We do have the house where part of it is livable, it's still really inconvenient\," he said.

Help has arrived with a visit from FEMA, Freeman called the Disaster Assistance number last week. "I called it on Friday and they told me it would be seven to 14 days before they would contact me."

Kenny's help came Monday when FEMA arrived and measured the damage. Representatives will go door to door in the next several days with fliers, making sure flood victims know where help is.

"They're making sure they've gotten every house that's in the neighborhood where damage occurred and it's a double check, to make sure that we don't miss anyone, FEMA does not miss anyone," said Jody Correro of FEMA. 

They're also helping counties like Dougherty get assistance for overtime and damages to pumping stations and costly pump rentals.

"For us it came out to $310,000. We easily exceeded that figure," said Dougherty County EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught.

FEMA's arrival has at least brought some comfort for those who have had little since the rains. "We'll see what the outcome is, but they were right on it," said Kenny.

So what do you need to bring if you're coming to one of these disaster recovery centers, FEMA representatives say you'll need, a photo ID, Social Security Card and your check book, so FEMA can get a bank routing number to directly deposit the assistance in your account.

You can being the registration process by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA.

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