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Hundreds of residents affected by last week’s flooding showed up at a meeting on Monday night organized by the City of La Grange at Casino Hall.

City manager Shawn Raborn fielded questions such as if and when the affected mobile home parks will reopen, and how flood victims can get assistance.

Here are a few highlights from the meeting:

• In order to qualify for FEMA assistance, at least one member of an affected household must have a social security number. Several residents asked questions through an interpreter whether they could get any aid if they did not meet this requirement. City manager Shawn Raborn said those residents could receive aid from local relief efforts such as the La Grange Ministerial Alliance’s disaster relief fund. People can donate to that fund at LGrelief.com.

• FEMA officials are set up at Randolph Recreation Center, 653 E. Pearl Street. The officials are meeting with affected residents from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will remain in La Grange “as long as they are needed,” Raborn said. Several of the affected gave conflicting reports of their experiences with FEMA officials in La Grange. One woman said she reported yearly income of $20,000 and was told she made too much money for assistance. Raborn promised residents that he would “become an expert in FEMA because I want to be your voice.”

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