County hopes to get federal aid


Last week’s coastal storm did a number on the area, causing havoc on local roads and beaches, and hitting people’s homes with force. Now, officials in Sussex County want to hear from the residents regarding damage to their homes and property.

For good reason.

“We have to come up with $600,000 worth of damage to local homeowners” to qualify for potential federal assistance to individual property owners, explained Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joe Thomas.

That’s major. County officials already believe that they will be able to secure a federal disaster declaration based on damages to roads and area beaches, meaning federal money could be on its way to reimburse municipalities, the county and the state for efforts they’ve undertaken to get things running smoothly again. Officials have already taken tours of the area to surmise the damage, but Thomas believes there will be more to come in as time passes.

“There is definitely flooding damage,” said Thomas, “particularly along the Inland Bays and the Atlantic coast, and as the days wear on, I’m sure we’re going to see the reports pour in as people begin the hard task of cleaning up.”

It is extremely important that people report their personal damages to the county, so that officials can go about the business of filing for federal aid. As of Tuesday afternoon, county officials reported that 64 calls have been received from people reporting property damage. For property damage from last week’s storm to be considered by the county, the damage must have taken place between Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 15.

To report damage to your property, call the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center at (302) 856-7366.

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