FEMA help for flood victims in Palm Beach County unlikely

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Flood victims in Palm Beach County hoping for federal help with repairs will likely be disappointed.

Emergency management teams assessed damage Wednesday in Lantana and Kings Point in Delray Beach, two of the hardest hit areas from a record rain event last week.

They found more than 170 residences with what they called "minor" damage according to FEMA standards.

They did not find any homes which were destroyed.

The findings were sent to the Florida Division of Emergency Management that determined that it was highly unlikely that damages would reach the threshold for FEMA help.

"The county will continue to look for avenues of assistance for our affected residents," Bill Johnson, RN, Director of the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management said in a statement.

He is requesting that the Florida Division of Emergency Management consider seeking a Small Business Administration disaster declaration for Palm Beach County. If that happens it would allow eligible residents to apply for low-interest loans.

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