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AFTER THE STORM: Assistance available to storm victims and other useful information

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Help may be available for homeowners

BEMIDJI - Financial assistance for property owners who sustained property damage but do not have homeowners insurance may be available to those who meet certain criteria.

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The Headwaters Regional Development Commission said some funding could be available for homeowners who sustained damage to their primary residence, have lived in the home for at least six months, have less than $25,000 in assets and fall within income guidelines for their household size.

Those who qualify will be required to obtain insurance before repair work begins. HRDC has information available about alternative policies for homeowners who can't obtain a traditional policy.

Call (218) 333-6530 for more information.

Businesses asked to record damages

BEMIDJI - Businesses, particularly within the tourism industry, impacted by the July 2 and Independence Day storms are asked to document damages, including estimates on lost income.

Businesses should call (218) 333-8395 to report damages, impact to income and a phone number where the owner can be reached.

Demolition sites remaining open

BEMIDJI - The city extended the use of its demolition site on Rako Street for property owners to drop off trees, branches and leaves.

The site will remain open from noon to 8 p.m. each day through July 20.

The disposal site is open to city property owners, who must bring proof of residency.

For more information, call (218) 759-1850.

Beltrami County's demolition site is open to county residents.

The demolition landfill, 2332 N. Plantagenet Drive SE, is east of U.S. Highway 71, near Maple Ridge Golf Course.

It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call (218) 755-1440.

Red Cross providing cleanup kits, gloves

BEMIDJI - Free storm cleanup kits and works gloves are available to last week's storm damage victims.

The Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross at Bemidji will be distributing the kits until depleted during regular chapter business hours.

The chapter, 1900 Division St. W., Unit 1, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The kit includes a variety of cleaning supplies including brooms, pails and cleaning products.

"We know that everyone has been working really hard to recover from last Monday's unexpected storm," said Judy Hanne Gonzalez, Red Cross executive director. "Our hearts go out to those who have had damage to their homes."

The chapter also is accepting donations for victims. Donations can be sent to the North Star Chapter, 1900 Division St. W. Unit 1, Bemidji, MN 56601.

More information about how to help is available at (218) 444-9490 or by visiting www.redcrossmn.org.

Hotline matches need with helping hands

BEMIDJI - The hotline for storm damage victims and volunteers continues to operate to match those who need assistance with people who can lend help.

Beltrami County Emergency Management said those who need trees cut or can offer the service should call (218) 333-8395.

Those who call may talk with a volunteer answering the phone. If someone doesn't answer, officials ask that callers leave a detailed message, including their name, address, why they are calling and the best phone number where they can be reached.

In addition, volunteers are being sought to answer phones, clean yards and general work at sites.

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