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Disaster recovery centers to close on Sundays

The two disaster recovery centers in Spotsylvania and Louisa counties will close on Sundays.

Effective Jan. 15, both centers will be available to those with earthquake-related questions or assistance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today.

The Spotsylvania site is located at 8960 Courthouse Road, near the intersection of Courthouse and Crestar Roads across from Courthouse Cafe.

The Louisa site is in the Triangle Plaza Shopping Center at 502 East Main Street in the former Old Video 2000 store.

Both centers are available to anyone regardless of where they live or work.

Residents of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Louisa, Orange, Culpeper, Fluvanna and Goochland have all been approved to receive individual assistance for damages from the 5.8-magnitude quake that hit August 23.

Disaster officials recommend that you officially register with FEMA before visiting the disaster recovery center.

The deadline to register for state and federal assistance to help cover earthquake-related losses is March 5.

That date is for renters, homeowners and business owners whose property was damaged during the Aug. 23 earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks. The financial assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses that aren’t covered by insurance or other sources.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $8.1 million in aid for more than 4,300 applicants as of Jan. 9, according to agency spokesman Michael Skeels.

According to Skeels, the breakdown is as follows:

-More than $48,000 approved and more than 40 people registered in Culpeper County

-Nearly $243,000 approved for almost 160 registrants in Fluvanna County

-Almost $45,000 approved for 30 registrations in Fredericksburg

-More than $282,000 approved for almost 120 registrants in Goochland County

-Nearly $7.2 million approved for more than 3,400 registrations in Louisa County

-Almost $117,000 approved for more than 90 registrations in Orange County

-More than $208,000 approved for more than 230 registrations in Spotsylvania County.

Residents and business owners in the approved localities can register for aid, get information about assistance programs and follow up on their applications by going online to or calling 800/621-FEMA (800/462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairments). Telephone registration is available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Some of the services that a DRC provides:

Guidance regarding disaster recovery.

Clarification of any written correspondence received.

Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information.

Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance.

Status of applications being processed by FEMA.

SBA program information.

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