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Applicants thin out as FEMA assistance wraps

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The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is Thursday. (Source: WAFF) The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is Thursday. (Source: WAFF)

Thursday is the last day to register for assistance in person from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or apply for a loan from the Small Business Administration at the SBA's Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Athens.

Those agencies opened up offices to help victims of the severe storms and flooding that hit Alabama between April 28 and May 5, but say they are closing up shop after seeing a decrease in activity.

You can still see the effects of the tornado that touched down in Limestone County two months ago.

"The Tornado surrounded it threw stuff at it, busted the windshield tore the side rear mirrors off," said Limestone County Resident, Tayna Gilbert.

Now Gilbert cannot drive her car to work.

"Well I can't drive it to work because the windshield is busted out," said Gilbert.

She is trying to find a job closer to home but isn't having much luck.

"I have two kids I have to take back in forth to daycare or their babysitters and that's not going to work out. I don't want to put my kids in danger just because my cars messed up," said Gilbert.

So she came to FEMA and SBA's outreach center for help.

"If they want to talk to someone in person then that's what we're here for," said FEMA worker, Vivian Patrick.

Patrick says there are advantages to coming to see a FEMA rep in person.

"We can answer their information directly we can submit their information to their file and we have a lot of other resources we could provide," said Patrick.

Those resources include referrals to different agencies and free legal services.

The last day to register for assistance in person is Thursday, but you'll have more time register online or by phone.

"The last day to register is July 1 that's to register for damages," said Patrick.

The rebuilding process has been an emotional roller coaster for Tayna Gilbert, but she says she is happy to rebuild with all of her family still by her side.

"So grateful for that, I thank God every day I wake up you know, because if I lost one of my kids I don't know what I would have done," said Gilbert.

If you still need to apply for aid before the deadline hits, here are your options:

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