FEMA Deadline Approaches

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So far, more than 1,100 people have visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood relief office at the Washington County Courthouse.

The office in the old county jail opened in late September after the area was hit by massive flooding. It will be open another eight days to handle requests for assistance and small business loans.

But before appearing in person, you still have to contact FEMA by phone.

"Make sure you get your application in, says FEMA worker Don Quirin. "Our lines are not quite as busy now as they used to be. That line should be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the evening."

To apply for disaster assistance, you can call toll-free 1-800-621-3362, or 1-800-621-FEMA.

A temporary recovery center has also been open in the village of Trimble in Athens County for those wishing to speak in person with recovery specialists.