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SEAL BEACH : Disaster Aid Office to Close Next Week

February 11, 1995|RUSS LOAR

Federal disaster assistance officials will be at Leisure World only a few more days to help flood victims apply for emergency funds.

Seal Beach Mayor George Brown, a Leisure World resident, said officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are expected to process applications for funds on site until Monday or Tuesday.

Flood victims have until March 13 to file for low-interest disaster loans.

About 300 Leisure World residents were forced to evacuate after a nearby flood-control channel overflowed during the Jan. 4 rainstorm, sending rivers of muddy water through the retirement community.

The rainstorm caused $5 million in damage to the city, including an estimated $3 million in damage affecting Leisure World residents. About 85% of those forced to leave their homes have returned, said Brown, who praised federal officials for their quick response.

"They have been getting grant money into the hands of most people within 10 days," Brown said. "They've really done a magnificent job."

Federal emergency relief officials are operating out of Clubhouse 3 in Leisure World. But flood victims are encouraged to register first by calling (800) 462-9029. After federal officials are gone, additional information about registration will be available by calling (800) 525-0321.

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