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Nearly 19,000 apply for FEMA flood aid

THE CAROUSEL at the Warwick Mall remained under wraps last week as crews worked to clean up flood damage. The mall may not reopen for weeks.
Posted 4/12/10

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island homeowners and businesses owners ravaged by the March flooding continued to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over the weekend.

FEMA said it had received 18,718 applications for assistance by Monday morning, up from 17,409 on Friday.

The agency had also dispensed $12.6 million in assistance to homeowners as of Monday, up from $8.9 million on Friday.

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    Also over the weekend, FEMA established new disaster recovery centers at the Bristol Fire Department at 4 Annawamscutt Drive and the Middletown Police Station at 123 Valley Road. The centers provide information to homeowners and business owners affected by last month’s flooding.

    The centers come in addition to the ones already in operation at the Cranston Portuguese Club and in front of Lowe’s on Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. FEMA also plans to open additional centers.

    Separately, the state announced that Rhode Islanders who receive food stamps may be eligible to replace food lost to the flooding. The governor’s office said application forms are available at the disaster recovery centers or at any R.I. Department of Human Services office.

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