COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted money to 753 primary households in El Paso County, totaling about $1.6 million, to repair damage caused in the September floods.
The grant money does not have to be repaid, and it covers damage not covered by insurance. It's meant for basic home repairs, rental assistance - for those who could not stay in the damaged home - and basic essentials.
FEMA spokesperson John Mills said the agency received 1,185 applications in El Paso County. Of those, 432 of them were ineligible. He said approximately 91 percent of them were ineligible for one of the following reasons: there was insufficient damage; occupancy was not verified; the residents chose to remain in the damaged home, foregoing rental assistance; or the resident missed an inspection appointment.
El Paso County placed fifth in the most money awarded for the flooding disaster, after Boulder, Weld, Larimer and Arapahoe counties.
Mills said the total amount granted could rise because rental assistance money isn't given all at once. FEMA can provide up to 18 months of rental assistance. Residents who received some months' assistance but need more can request it. Those whose applications were deemed ineligible or who have further proof of damage to provide can also call FEMA 1 (800) 621-3362.