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Some Residents In Aurora Qualify For FEMA Assistance

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Candace Carter cleans out her flooded basement (credit: CBS)

Candace Carter cleans out her flooded basement (credit: CBS)

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Families in some Colorado counties may qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency help and it’s not just those in Larimer and Boulder counties.

Some residents of Aurora in Arapahoe County just found out Sunday they may get help they desperately need.

Candace Carter’s Aurora home flooded three times last week.

“We had just kind of re-done the basement,” Carter said.

Now she’s dealing with mold and a lack of flood insurance.

“We really want to get rid of the mold,” she said.

She’s not alone. Many in her Aurora neighborhood saw streets become rivers and basements become lakes.

“It was pretty hectic. You almost felt like you were about to see two of every animal going into an arc,” homeowner Aaron Williams said.

On Sunday FEMA workers went door-to-door to tell people they now qualify for assistance.

“Whether or not they can help us; just hearing that we might be eligible was like ‘ahh,’ “ Carter said.

It’s an area that didn’t see the devastating effects other counties did, but still received more than their fair share of disaster.

“It could be worse but it still was a really scary situation,” Carter said.

Carter says she’s optimistic FEMA will be able to help as she looks to rebuild and dry out.

“At the beginning of the summer Colorado was on fire, and at the end of the summer it was under water. It’s scary,” Carter said.

FEMA has approved more than $16.7 million in disaster grants for homeowners and renters in Colorado so far.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.

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