Last day to apply for FEMA aid for wildfire victims

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 11:02am

It's been almost four months since the Bear Creek wildfire tore through parts of East Texas, destroying nearly 100 homes. Today, the recovery effort is moving steadily, but there is still work to be done, residents say. Charles Ellis's family lived on White Oak Road in Jefferson for decades. He says the fire displaced 63 of them, but nearly all of them have been able to return and rebuild, thanks largely to grants from FEMA. 

Across the street, his cousin Curtis Ellis has been in his new house for about two months. Now he's watching builders put the finishing touches on his mother's home. "It's been great," he said. "It's almost perfect, there's still a little more work needs to be done," he said.

Friday, January 6th is the last day to apply for disaster aid. If you need assistance, contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. You can also visit the website at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/.

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