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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.

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#1 Comment By Marianne On December 2, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

We had the same problem during a tornado that hit here in Colorado about 3 yrs ago. FEMA called us to assist with their Emergency Responce Vehicle (motorhome with gagets) They had AC issues and we went to them, gave them upfront what the Service Call would be and our hourly rate at the inital call..went out, trouble shot the issues, gave them pricing & got the OK to do the job, ordered parts. Parts came in and when we called to say that we were coming out..they said “Oh, we are heading out so we’ll get it done later” We had over $350.00 of inital labor, service call & parts into this and they refused to pay. I tried to collect for several weeks and got such a run around that I stopped wasting my time.
I feel for this guy. You want to help and try to do the right thing and get taken advantage of in the end.

#2 Comment By Sheri On December 3, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

The campground was full of storm chasers, not displaced families!! As for FEMA we worked on dozens of units for them and they always paid with no problems. If it was and amount over there limit they had to get it OK’ed from the supervisors, but it was never a problem!!