Tuesday is deadline for tornado aid

July 5, 2011 4:22:18 AM PDT
Anthony Harris still remembers the day the tornado hit his home.

"I could see it coming," he said. "I have real bad roof damage, my fence torn down."

Harris lives in Raleigh's King Charles neighborhood where several homes were leveled when twisters hit the Triangle in April. Insurance did cover some of his damage. He says he hoped to get more help when FEMA representatives showed up on his doorstep.

"They told me what to do, how to go about doing it and everything. I did that," said Harris.

Harris says he sent in the FEMA paperwork and waited.

"They sent me a letter that said I was denied," he recalled.

Harris says he also applied for a disaster loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"That was a month and a half ago and haven't heard from anybody," said Harris.

More than 9,000 North Carolinians have applied for help since the storms hit. So far, FEMA has given out $15 million to help those in need.

While Harris says he knows FEMA is helping some, he wishes it was more, including him.

"What good is FEMA? They tell you one thing and then did something else. Then they say you don't qualify," he complained.

While Harris is disappointed with his outcome, FEMA officials say the extended deadline to apply for federal assistance has come. Residents have until July 5 to file the paperwork.

Click here to learn more at www.fema.gov.

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