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September 30, 2002

Seminole County - For the first time ever, flood victims are getting rent checks from the state instead of federal resources.

More than 250 Seminole County homes are eligible for GEMA grant funding. On Monday, GEMA started writing checks at the Disaster Recovery Center in Donalsonville. People are happy to get some relief. Donalsonville resident, Debbi Prior, says, "Right now, I have to pay my mortgage on the house we are not living in, so that's got to be paid and for utility bills."

The amount is based on the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the fair market rental amount is $553 per month. Those with minor damage can get up to a two month grant, major damage up to a three month grant.

The assistance does not include businesses.

posted at 5:47PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com