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It was such a tragedy hundreds of families struggling to rebuild their homes after a massive tornado tore through Alabama back in April.
And adding to the pain some storm victims are saying they are being denied.
Critical aid money by FEMA.
Jonathan Stewart and his family among them this is what's left of their home and they're being denied -- they say because FEMA declared the damage was considered.
Stuart joins us now by phone thank you for being with us -- I'll start by putting up a picture of your home before.
Tell me -- FEMA told you and tell me how difficult it was to go through the process -- because I understand it was pretty hard.
T even get a determination from FEMA.
They -- sister actually registered -- we were in hospital.
At various doctors appointments.
Basically they said.
Once spoke with an inspector that -- We have some minor damage according to the collateral overseas.
In the -- to expect they would -- repair.
Could you live in the home now.
-- -- -- -- Okay -- and you have private insurance first of all I'm curious after a disaster like this because in Florida they.
Almost stop writing flood insurance after all the hurricanes can you get tornado insurance or insurance to cover your home now in Alabama.
What our insurance did cover the damage a 100% so.
So we -- bit.
Okay and FEMA says.
Basically the letter that they say you it's just the start of a conversation and if you do recover from your private insurance he can't recover from them also.
Have you given -- and are your neighbors.
Also admit this is what -- has to say we're putting up their statement so people can see what they said in response.
Are you giving up -- trying to deal with the government on damage recovery in your neighborhood where there was close to total destruction.
I guess we we gave -- shot.
I did not think would be successful -- that proved to be true.
I will we we reached out to FEMA we got their response so we're glad you had private insurance and that.
It was available and we wish you and your family the -- Great thank you Freddie with us -- -- learned from -- to if you have questions about any of this they say 180621.
Is the number to call 180621.
FEMA just -- -- in right now also.
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