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FEMA helping Glen Haven pick up the pieces

4:37 PM, Oct 26, 2013   |    comments
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Glen Haven - The scars are still there. Six weeks after flood waters swept down Devils Gulch the town of Glen Haven is still digging out from under the debris.

"It is going to be a real long road," said.  Doug Sager, a resident of Glenn Haven.

While the road to recovery will be long, the road leading into and out of town is not. Large sections of County Road 43 have been completely washed away making it impossible for some residents to return to their homes.

"We're very isolated. You can't get in up there unless you hike in," said Jeannie Meis, a Glen Haven resident.

In the weeks since the flood residents of Glen Haven have worked together to clean up what they can. Given the scope of the damage they realize they will need help from outside the community.

"Oh, it is very important. We can't do this on our own. We have to have some type of help," says Sager.

In an effort to provide that help a team of FEMA Corps Disaster Survivor Assistants are going door to door in Glen Haven. The purpose of the visits is to assure the residents have registered with the government agency for assistance.

"That means anything from reimbursements from uninsured items like wet dry vacuums, propane, damage related items, fuel. Also we can help with providing the assistance with getting their homes repaired," said Aaron Brooks, with FEMA.

Given the scope of the damage to the town of Glen Haven what FEMA doesn't want to give to residents is unrealistic expectations.

"This is definitely a long process. We're trying not to tell people this is going to be solved within a month. We're trying to be realistic with this because that's what they want. They don't empty promises and that's not what we're about with FEMA," said Brooks.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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