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FEMA To Close Bastrop Emergency Center November 18

Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News.
FEMA will close its Bastrop recovery center November 18. Victims have until December 8 to apply for relief from the September wildfires.

In a sign that victims of September’s 34,000 acre Bastrop wildfire have received the majority of services they need to begin their recovery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Recovery Center in Bastrop will close next Friday.

"Just the physical presence will be gone," FEMA spokesperson Ericka Lopez said. "However, we will still have other federal representatives that will be doing public infrastructure works, as well as additional work in the Bastrop area and other Texas wildfire affected areas."

The agency has fielded 3,048 requests for assistance from people impacted by the massive fires that destroyed over 1,600 homes and claimed two lives.

Victims who haven't applied for FEMA assistance have until December 8 to do so. Once the Bastrop center closes next week, applications and other questions about disaster relief can be directed to the agency's toll-free number, 800-621-FEMA (3362)

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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