Written by Keith Blackmar, Public Information Officer, WCSO Monday, 16 July 2012 15:13
Mosquito spraying was the top topic of the day Thursday, July 12 when the Wakulla County Commission ratified a request to the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding aerial mosquito spraying.
The request for aerial spraying was made to state and federal officials on Monday, July 9. Wakulla County is still waiting on a flyover approval but there is no timeline for approval or spraying dates.
The storm and flooding in the Spring Creek area has created road problems on Spring Creek Highway north of Jack Crum Road. The county road and bridge crew has made the repair. The road was closed on Thursday, July 12 while the repair was being made. This is the second time a hole has appeared in the road since the storm flooded parts of Spring Creek.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is handling debris pickup from victims who had water in their homes and haven’t disposed of their ruined property. The process is well underway at the homes of identified victims.
As of July, 11, 2012, Wakulla County has had 317 individuals register for assistance. A total of $343,401 has been disbursed for Housing Assistance and $56,408 for Other Needs Assistance. The total paid in the county is $399,809. The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center remains open at the Wakulla County Extension Service Office in Crawfordville.
Statewide there have been 5,042 registrations and the total amount disbursed is $7,675,714.58.
Smith Creek Road @ Syfrette Creek Bridge (under repair, FDOT; anticipated opening 7-16-12)
Bostic Pelt Road (anticipated mitigation improvement project)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Flood victims can begin the aid application process by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 am - 10 pm daily, or apply online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/. There also is a FEMA smartphone app.
Wakulla County has opened a Disaster Recovery Center, 84 Cedar Ave., Crawfordville; 8am - 6pm daily. Residents are advised (not required) to register for assistance with FEMA before visiting the DRC. A phone line is available. Agencies on site include the Florida Department of Children and Families, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, and Workforce Plus.
Flood victims are being offered a $25 voucher at Goodwill Industries. Each person and up to 4 per household is eligible for one voucher. American Red Cross relief workers are distributing the vouchers. Vouchers can be redeemed at any Goodwill location.
Anyone wishing to donate GOODS for flood victims should do so in person at Goodwill Industries, 2173 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327, (850) 926-2253. Donations for clean-up supplies should be made to Lake Ellen Baptist Church, 4495 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327, (850)926-5277.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE:
General Assistance: Wakulla County Division of Emergency Management (850) 745-7100.
Mosquito Control: Wakulla County Health Department (850)926-0410.
American Red Cross: (850) 878-6080
FEMA Assistance: 1 800-621-FEMA (3362).
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