"Total devastation," a visibly shaken Deal said after touring a mobile home site in Adel where seven people died. "It's hard to imagine that anyone escaped from that."
More than 770 state employees are clearing debris and providing storm relief, and state lawmakers have set aside an additional $5 million to help with the recovery. But local leaders were hoping President Donald Trump's administration sends more help. Quickly.
“We’re helping the victims meet their immediate needs,” said Eric Gordon, a pastor at Adel First Assembly. “But we need help for the long-term needs. Where are they going to live long-term? Where are they going to sleep next week?”
The FEMA order means federal funding will also be available to some state and local government agencies as well as some private nonprofits for their emergency work.
It covers residents and businesses in six counties: Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Turner and Wilcox.