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The Boardman center will now stay open until further notice

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – FEMA says its Disaster Recovery Center in Boardman will be staying open a little longer.

After flooding storms hit the Valley in late May, many homeowners and businesses have fixed or repaired what was damaged. They’ve had no insurance to cover it, however.

“My insurance does not cover any kind of water damage,” said Judy Pelletier, who went to the center Tuesday.

Pelletier is just one of a number of people dealing with some form of water damage.

Because of that need, officials with both FEMA and the Small Business Administration say they will continue maintaining the center.

The center, located in the Boardman Township Administration Building, was only supposed to be open for four days.

It will now stay open until further notice.

“We see that people have a need, so we want to try to be here for people as long as we can,” said Gerard Hammink, of FEMA.

The center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Boardman Township Administration Building, located at 8299 Market Street.

Since FEMA workers started canvassing flooded neighborhoods this month, they’ve had 500 people register for assistance. As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, there have been 170 visitors to the center.

More than 300 inspections have occurred. Many people already have received assistance grants.

Among them was Canfield School Superintendent Alex Geordan who said the Village Middle School sustained more than $150,000 in flood damage

Workers say they will stay as long as they sense the need is still there.

Homeowners and businesses can apply for help at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using the FEMA App or by calling 800-621-3362.

The deadline to register for assistance with FEMA is August 19.

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