Campground Owner Says FEMA Reneged on Aid
The owner of a campground near Joplin, Mo., said he is struggling to pay utilities and maintenance costs because of what he believed to be a good deed after the tornado hit this summer, KOAM-TV, Pittsburg, Kan., reported.
Shortly after the tornado, many displaced residents camped at the Shoal Creek Resort. The owner chose not to charge the survivors and said he was told by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) that he would eventually be taken care of.
He said government help never came.
The campground’s owner said he’s almost $200,000 in debt because of utilities and maintenance costs. FEMA says rules don’t allow the agency to help.
“There would need to be an agreement between two entities prior to the event that lays out all the terms to which they are agreeing on how an emergency shelter would be handled,” says Krystal Payton of FEMA.
Part of the campground’s electricity was shut off on Thursday (Dec. 1) and the campground’s owner has put his property up for sale.