MORE THAN 61.5-MILLION DOLLARS IN DISASTER GRANTS AND LOANS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR GEORGIA FLOOD VICTIMS TO DATE.  YET MANY ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS OF WALKER, CATOOSA AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES HAVE NOT APPLIED.  "THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REASONS," SAID CHARLEY ENGLISH WITH GEMA… "SOME PEOPLE THINK IF THEY HAVE INSURANCE THEY DON’T QUALIFY.  OTHERS THINK DISASTER AID WILL INTERFERE WITH THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE BENEFITS… NEITHER IS TRUE."  RESIDENTS CAN APPLY AT www.disasterassistance.gov  OR CALL TOLL FREE 1- 800- 621- FEMA 

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