United Way says massive flooding has set it back financially

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FREEPORT (WREX) –United Way says it’s struggling financially because the flooding that hit the city of Freeport over the course of two years did not give them enough time to bounce back.

It started in July of 2017 when streets were filled with flood waters. More flooding followed with a massive flood hitting the city this past March.

In  total, there were 6 flooding events that hit the city and it is still taking a toll on non-profits like the United Way.

“While the agencies do an amazing job getting out boots on the ground and helping during the disaster, the follow up and the long term recovery continues to be something we continue to struggle with,” said United Way Executive Director Connie Kraft

“Not only do we have the emergency needs and the disaster needs, but we also have the day to day needs that don’t go away too. We still have a homeless population, we still have a population that is hungry and needs food,” said Kraft

But the city of Freeport is trying relieve that pressure by applying for a $5.4 million FEMA grant that would buy the land out affected by the flooding and help relocate families

“It’s called the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant and right now we have 99 residents that are in the flooding area that have signed up for it and we are putting together the application now,” said City of Freeport Deputy City Manager Randy Bukas.

The application for that grant isn’t due until December but officials say they plan to have the application done by October. This is the second time they are applying for the grant.

Lauren Baker

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