Rebuilding process begins in DeKalb County

DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - With FEMA ending it's application process, hard hit places like DeKalb County are now in the rebuilding process.

When Stacey Granados lost her home in the April storms, she found another home that was damaged but yet salvageable. With the help of money from FEMA and some volunteers, she's rebuilding her family's lives.

"And these guys here they're doing all the work. We're supplying the material. They are doing all the work free of charge," said Granados.

Granados' husband is also helping those volunteers.

Since the storm, Granados said she doesn't know how she would have made it without the help they're getting including a woman who called her with a temporary place to stay.

"We have a house we want you to stay in for six months rent free. No lights, no anything. Everything is provided, added Stacey Granados."

While some buildings haven't been touched since the storm, many places are getting cleaned up and the rebuilding process has begun.

More than 462,000 cubic yards of debris has been cleaned up in DeKalb County.

"That's probably about four times what we had in our last tornado last year in Geraldine," said Christy Hardin, DeKalb County EMA.

While FEMA is ending it's disaster application process, Hardin said the SBA loan center will continue operations in Rainsville.

"They will be handling a lot of things from now on. They will probably be here for months to come. FEMA is here for the long haul," added Hardin.

Meanwhile, Granados said she hopes to move in within the next couple of months and hopefully get a storm shelter put in as well.

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