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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

TIFT COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Jessica Lobzun is finally able to slowly move back into her home after part of the McInnis Mills subdivision flooded out March 28th. "Water started to fill our backyard. Next thing you know it was in the house, and than we were evacuated by firemen," said Lobzun.

They have spent the past six weeks replacing the floors, kitchen cabinets, and bathroom vanity. "What we can do ourselves, we do to try to do to save money, but everything else we have hired out," said Lobzun.

And FEMA Hazard advisors are now in South Georgia to help hundreds of households like Jessica's who are trying to rebuild themselves. "If they have roof damage, we have literature on how shingles and things are put on a house, " said FEMA Hazard Advisor, Elaine Pinckney.

FEMA advisors want to make sure that homeowners take the time to clean-up right, especially those with homes effected by mold or mildew. "I hired a professional to come in to dry my home out, and remove any mold, mildew or anything like that," said Lobzun.

"Even though they may not be doing the work themselves, we try to educate them so that they know that the job is being done right," said Pinckeny. Advisors say repairs shouldn't just fix the problem at hand, but improve the home to prevent any future weather damage.

Hurricane season starts June first, and this has many homeowners who are still recovering very uneasy. "I'm a little nervous to come back home to be honest. I want to be back, but I know I will have a hard time sleeping at night," said Lobzun.

But FEMA advisors say homeowners armed with the right tools and education can rest easy in knowing their clean-up was a job well done.

FEMA specialists will remain at those four Lowe's HARDWARE stores to advise people through the next few weeks. The stores are located at:

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 Helpline 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.

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