Federal flood aid center will close Saturday

February 25, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1:32 p.m. Feb. 25, 2008

A temporary disaster-relief center at City Hall will close Saturday, as federal agencies wind down their response to the January flooding of Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks. The office, a Disaster Recovery Center, is one of several the agencies opened in Washington cities that were hammered by severe winter weather last month.

Savannah Brehmer, a Federal Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman, said the centers are shut down as fewer residents stop by to seek aid. She could not provide figures for the Issaquah center, which officials from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration opened with fanfare Feb. 18.

Brehmer encouraged disaster victims to register for FEMA aid by calling the agency toll-free at 1-800-621-3362, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week. An online application is available here. The registration deadline is March 31.

“The 1-800 number offers registration service, but it also offers additional information,” Brehmer said.

FEMA is operating in Washington at the request of Gov. Chris Gregoire, Brehmer said. King County and several other Washington counties were declared federal disaster areas in the aftermath of severe winter weather last month. FEMA does not operate in an area on a firm timetable, Brehmer said.

“We will stay as long as we feel there’s a need,” she added.

The office will remain open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Saturday. FEMA and SBA are set up in the Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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