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DRC closes Saturday, outreach center opens in its place
DRC closes Saturday, outreach center opens in its place

New Port Richey, Florida -- Pasco County has announced the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at 4444 Grand Avenue, that was set up to help residents affected by Tropical Storm Debby is scheduled to close operations Saturday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

The county says the DRC has met with 602 individuals and households since opening.

To continue meeting the needs of citizens requiring assistance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Small Business Association (SBA) claims, a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) will remain in place of the DRC in the same location.  The DLOC will open on Aug. 20, and remain open at least through Aug. 30, operating from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pasco County says it is pumping water from some low lying areas in an effort to continue to lower the flood water level and protect residences and businesses. Since Tropical Storm Debby occurred and the County continued to receive above normal rainfall amounts through July, it has accrued expenses of more the $5.7 million, removed 315 tons of debris, and served more than 2,400 families who have requested disaster assistance.

FEMA officials want residents to be aware of the following information.

Deadline to apply for assistance approaching:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4, is the deadline for Tropical Storm Debby survivors to apply for FEMA assistance.
  • Survivors can still apply for federal disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362.

Keep in touch with FEMA:

  • Survivors who have already registered with FEMA are urged to keep in touch with the agency, especially if they have been displaced by the disaster.
  • Survivors who have registered for state and federal assistance should keep their contact information current to ensure timely delivery of important assistance updates.

According to FEMA, more than 3.8 Million dollars has been awarded to 963 individuals and households.

The County‚Äôs Resident Information Center (RIC) is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions please call the RIC information line at (727) 847-8959. Citizens are encouraged to follow the updates online at www.pascocountyfl.net, Pasco County TV, Bright House 622 or Verizon 42, and like us on Facebook at Bringing Opportunities Home. 

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