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FEMA specialists answer questions, give information to Jasper Co. residents

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JASPER, TX (KTRE) -

The historic  March flooding hit Deep East Texas pretty hard, especially Jasper County.

"Some people have had feet of water,four feet, even six feet,” said Jasper resident Brad Folsom. “There’s been a lot of of sheet rock being replaced, a lot of structural damage."

FEMA aid is available to Jasper County residents affected and representatives will be at the Lowe's in Jasper all weekend to provide information and answer questions.

"I've made around 150 connections with people today,” said FEMA Mitigation Specialist Jose Ruvira. “I’ve been advising people about different situations, giving different kinds of information, it's been really good.”

The information includes how to properly rebuild after flooding, making a home more weather resistant, and the dangers of mold.

However, they aren't just there to help people that have been affected by the damage. They're preparing people that haven’t experienced flooding, but could be in a future weather event.

“You could live in a non-flood zone and still get flooded,” Ruvira explained.
“You could lose everything in a matter of minutes."

Ruvira advises people to plan ahead, have life kits available and to get flood insurance that meets their financial means.

It's information Folsom didn't know before Friday, but is glad he learned, should his home ever experience flooding.

"It's nice to know how to prepare for the future,” Folsom said.

Folsom and Ruvira hope more residents come out this weekend and get informed and prepared.

"We want people to not be afraid but be aware that things like this happen, that's why we're here,” Ruvira explained.

Mitigation specialists will be at the Jasper Lowe’s Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to 6:30 PM, and Monday and Tuesday from 7AM to 5:30 PM.

To register for FEMA aid or find out more information, visit Floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427- 2419.

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