The Dyersburg State Gazette reports that the Forked Deer River is below flood stage and officials are having trouble finding places to house people.
Some of the assistance FEMA provides includes rental assistance programs, uninsured medical losses, transient accommodations, vehicle damages, phone repair grants and personal property replacement.
He said they are having issues with rental resources in Dyersburg and most of the locations were scouted in Jackson. And due to that lack of resources, Page said FEMA mobile homes are an option at this point.
“Ideally we would like to get an applicant in some type of apartment or housing,” said Page. “If that’s not an option then we will start considering the mobile homes, but in this situation where there are as many rental resources this is going to be a prime candidate for that type of service.”
So while Hickman County is having problems paying for the recovery, Dyersburg doesn’t have enough places to put people.
This is what we’ve been talking about when we say that small and rural counties are at a huge disadvantage in situations like this. The hurdles may be the same height as their more urban counterparts, but they don’t have the length of stride that larger counties have, making it harder for small counties to clear them.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about the challenges of small counties in their recovery efforts over the coming weeks.