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Worth flood victims wait for word on help

July 18, 2005

Sylvester- Victims of flash flooding in Worth County don't know exactly what kind of government help they'll get, but they know it won't come from FEMA.

Hurricane Dennis dumped 8 inches of rain on Sylvester. Several dozen streets flooded and more than 100 homes were damaged.

Monday night, representatives from the city, county and GEMA met with flood victims to answer there questions. The bad news was there wasn't enough damage to quality for FEMA help, but that doesn't mean other aid isn't available.

"We hope to hear by Wednesday that, whether or not we have a (Small Business Administration) declaration and that would free up some very low-interest loan money for these people," said Gary Rice, field coordinator for GEMA.

People in Worth County are still severely in need of supplies. Here's what people need: mosquito repellent, canned foods, bottled water, baby formula, baby diapers (all sizes), personal hygiene products, non-perishable foods, leather gloves, cleaning supplies, plastic goods (cups, forks, knives and spoons), disposable gloves, trash bags.

You can donate your items at the old Snipes IGA store on North Main street in Sylvester.

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