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Orange County Imelda victims offered help from FEMA, SBA and Red Cross at disaster recovery center

Residents are able to register with FEMA and SBA until December 3.

ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — As Orange County residents work to get back on their feet after Imelda, a disaster recovery center opened to connect flood victims with FEMA, the Small Business Administration and the Red Cross. 

Orange County is one of the six counties included in the federal disaster declaration. Monday, more relief efforts were launched at the convention center. 

Dozens of folks filed into building Monday in the search for answers about what to do next.  

Chester Jourdan is the Executive Director of America Red Cross Southeast Texas and said they have a lot to offer for folks in need. 

"They're just frustrated, they're really just lost on what to do," Jourdan said. 

"We got client case work, we also providing financial resource and financial assistance to families as well. The big part of this making sure that we're connecting people to the resources," Jourdan said.

Down the hall from Red Cross, representatives with FEMA say you can apply for assistance, even if you had flood insurance. 

Hattie Stallworth with FEMA said it's a good move to go ahead and file an insurance claim, but don't stop there. 

"File your insurance first but still register for FEMA because we help with under insured, as well as no insurance so we can't duplicate services but after you file, we will take a look at your settlement to see if you qualify," Stallworth said. 

The SBA is helping people finance loans over 30-year period, with interest rates as low as 1.75 percent. 

"Homeowners can get up to 200,000 dollars to repair or replace their home and homeowners and renters can get up to 40,000 dollars to replace personal property." SBA spokesperson Elizabeth Vargas said.

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Homeowner Teddy Croom walked away feeling hopeful after speaking with representatives from different agencies. 

"They are trying to help us and we appreciate that and specially for the vets because we went through enough not to come home and deal with this awful stuff. But we're not gonna give up, we're going to keep fighting."

Residents are able to register with FEMA until December 3.  The will be open for the remainder of the week from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m.