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Manier: FEMA Denial A Bump In The Road
The Mayor of Washington says the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny assistance for local governments is just a "bump in the road."
FEMA on Thursday announced that cities and municipalities would not receive disaster assistance requested in the wake of the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak. However, that decision is not necessarily final.
"We've been knocked on our backs several times lately, and this is another stutter-step, another bump in the road. We're gonna beat this thing," Mayor Gary Manier said on WMBD's "Robbins and Markley" just moments after FEMA's announcement was made.
He says while the denial is disappointing, he sees it as a learning opportunity as the state puts together an appeal.
"I think we'll probably know a lot more today than we did when he had to turn the application in. I think we'll be better for it," Manier said.
FEMA spokesperson Deanna Frazier says the recent decision has no effect on people seeking individual assistance. Applications for that form of help are being accepted through the Jan. 27.