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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - We first introduced you to Kenny Freeman as he and his children waded through several feet of flood water in the Radial Subdivision. A month and a half later, and he is still trying to recover.

"We are still toughing it out, but at least it is a livable condition. We will recover slowly, but surely as we try to do it ourselves," said Freeman.

The damage in his home was so bad, and the repairs so costly that he even lived in a tent because he couldn't afford a motel. "We have grass growing back where the tent was. And yes, the tent was our house. We lived in the tent for about two weeks."

But Freeman is now one of 1,010 Georgians who registered with FEMA for help. "If it weren't for them, we wouldn't be doing what we are doing," said Freeman.

So far about $2,855,867 have been approved to assist households with disaster-related repair costs not covered by insurance. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $234,400 in disaster loans.

And families who register for help are receiving it in a matter of days. "They stated that to start they would be in contact with us between seven to 14 days. It took them three days. And as far as helping us financially, they told us it would be three to five days and it was in two days," said Freeman.

And while the recovery for Freeman is far from over, "we are not living the bedrooms yet. We are still in the living room out of suitcases and a tractor trailer." He knows his family wouldn't have gotten this far in the process without federal disaster aid.

FEMA hazard mitigation specialists will be on hand at four Lowe's stores in South Georgia to advise people about the correct way to clean up storm damage.The stores are located in Coffee, Colquitt, Lowndes and Tift counties.

Coffee County - Store 1783, 1340 Bowens Mills Road, Douglas 31533 Colquitt County - Store 2621, 602 Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie 31788 Lowndes County - Store 1794, 1106 North Augustine Road, Valdosta 31601 Tift County - Store 1508, 2000 U.S. Highway 82 West, Tifton 31793

GEMA and FEMA urge anyone in the affected counties with disaster-related losses to register for assistance. Registration is available online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov and by calling the disaster help line 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.

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