Center To Aid Flood Victims Still Seeking Help - WSMV News 4

Center To Aid Flood Victims Still Seeking Help

Updated: Dec. 29, 2010

Almost eight months after a devastating flood, some victims still haven't received any help -- no Federal Emergency Management Agency aid, low-interest loans or insurance money.


The Pennington Bend area of Nashville had a high concentration of homes affected during the May flood, but many were not chosen for city buyouts and are struggling to pay for repairs.


Donelson flood victim Belinda Gentry was lucky to survive the flood and lucky to get some FEMA and Small Business Administration money to fix her house.


"Everything had to be replaced, including the roof," she said.


Not everyone in this area of Nashville has been able to return home.


"There's another group of people who didn't have insurance, and they took their FEMA money and they cleaned their house out, stripped it down. But they were left then with nothing to rebuild with," said Metro councilman Phil Claiborne.


Claiborne said some flood-affected residents didn't have good enough credit to get loans to rebuild. He's happy to announce that a new Restore the Dream center for Pennington Bend is opening in the strip mall across from the Opryland Hotel.


Two counselors at the center will help connect flood victims to all kinds of services, especially one service where people can get a referral to an unmet needs committee.

"They might say there's $40,000 worth of needs left, and we don't know where to go anymore. What they will do is start to identify volunteer labor, donated materials, materials at cost," said Mary Jo Wiggins of the CFO United Way.


The counselors piece together what the families need. So far, the unmet needs committee has approved $90,000 worth of help for some 20 families. That help is not limited to Pennington Bend victims.


The Restore the Dream center opens around the first week of January.

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