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Disaster recovery center those affected by spring floods opens in Lake Station

High water in seen in Lake Station in February.

LAKE STATION — A disaster recovery center for residents affected by flooding in February and March will be open through Saturday.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Indiana will be on hand to provide assistance to anyone filling out applications or updating their status, according to a FEMA news release.

Other organizations also will provide a range of other services to help flood survivors recover.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It will be held at Polk Elementary School, 2460 Vermillion St. in Lake Station.

Residents who have registered for assistance are not required to visit the center. Those who visit will be able to update status, submit documentation or find help from the other organizations.

To register, go to DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA app at fema.gov/mobile-app.

Residents also may call the FEMA helpline from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week at 800-621-3362. Those with hearing disabilities should call 800-462-7585.

Disaster Survivor Assistance crews are canvassing affected areas and are able to register survivors for FEMA assistance. Teams could refer residents to the disaster recovery center for further assistance.

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. The SBA is the federal government's primary source of money for long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

For more information on Indiana’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4363 or check the @FEMARegion5 Twitter account.

Gallery: Flooding in Northwest Indiana

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