Federal Funds Help Conway Family Move Back Home After Storm Damage

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(via KARK) – Nearly $3-million dollars in federal funds have been given to Arkansans who suffered flood damage back in April. One Conway family– is now relying on that assistance.

“That was the one floating around that I thought I lost,” says homeowner, Chad Johnson.

Boxes sit outside his home on Briarwood avenue in Conway.”I have to pull all this off to a dump, plus all this stuff in back,” he says.

Back in April, his family was forced out of their home. “We’ve had water in our house about a foot deep,” he says.”We’ve been out for two months we had to stay away, while construction was going on “

He says his family lost everything. Video taken back in April shows the conditions of his home. With no flood insurance, they were forced to pay for repairs. “We’ve spent about $45,000 in repairs, that came out of our back pocket.”

Last week, President Trump approved federal funding for 31 counties in Central Arkansas.

So far, 320 people have been registered for individual assistance and the federal government has approved nearly $2-million-dollars to storm victims.

While he works to get his home back to normal, he’s better prepared for the next time there’s a flood. “We have the coverage for it now but we hope we don’t have to go through this again.”

Now, a FEMA spokesperson says they’re setting up disaster assistance centers around the state where people can register. They hope to have them up and running by the end of the week.

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