Roughly 180 homes were damaged in Palm Coast when an EF1 tornado ripped through Saturday night. Seven homes were destroyed, 22 severely damaged and the rest had minor damage.
FEMA, State of Florida, and local assessment task force officials went home to home Thursday. They checked out the damage and are working with homeowners to help people here qualify for federal programs for fixing this mess.
The city is also asking all property owners who live in the B, C and F sections of Palm Coast to inspect their homes for damage. Even minor damage. The number to report damage is the city's Customer Service number at 386-986-2360.
Based on the results of the assessment by FEMA and the state, qualified residents may be eligible for federal low-interest loans. Those loans - which would have to be re-paid - would provide stop-gap funding to help residents begin repairs before insurance money is received.
The City of Palm Coast was declared to be in a state of local emergency as of Dec. 16. The strong EF1 tornado that cut across the City on Saturday night, Dec. 14, damaged or destroyed at least 180 homes.
Flagler County Volunteer Services has received a number of calls from businesses and individuals who want to volunteer to help with cleanup or make donations of furniture, clothing and household items. Victims of the tornado who would like to receive the assistance of volunteers or donated items should contact Flagler County Volunteer Services at 386-597-2950.
In addition, the American Red Cross is still in Palm Coast assisting residents, as needed. Residents who need assistance should call 386-226-1400, ext. 5250.