Disaster Recovery Center opens in our area


ALBERT LEA, Minn.- Many homes in the area are still feeling the impact from the fall flooding that happened at the end of September. An effort is underway to help those who still have damage to their homes.

“The flooding in a unique situation and there are a lot of people whose needs aren’t met and who really need to get assistance,” said Ann Austin, United Way of Freeborn County.

That’s why a Disaster Recovery Center is officially open at the Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea. The United Way of Freeborn County is joining national and state-wide organizations to help those still feeling the effects from the flooding.

“They can cover anything from financial assistance to being able to get some construction work down within the homes,” said Austin. “People just need to stop out.”

This is put on by many groups like FEMA, Homeland Security Emergency Management and the US Small Business Administration.

Rich Hall, Emergency Management Director for Freeborn County, says this event will help many people in need.

“It’s been a longtime coming and we’re anxious to have people out. We’re hoping to get you money before Christmas,” said Hall.

Even if you have insurance and many of the damages were covered, you can still come out to see if you can get any reimbursement for any property that was damaged including household appliances.

“We’re here to help the people that were impacted by this and help them through that and get some assistance,” said Hall. “Whether it’s their water heater that they lost or a new furnace or whatever it might be.”

Both Hall and Austin agree that this disaster center will remind folks in the area that people are there to lend a hand if you’re in need.

“This is really about the community response,” said Austin. “It’s really vital for us as a community organization to come out and help people in times of need.”

The DRC hours:

M-F: 8AM – 7 PM

Sat: 8AM – 5PM

Sun: 12PM-5 PM

For more information on FEMA you can call 800-621-3362.

More information on Small Business Association you can call 800 659-2955.

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