FEMA denies assistance for earthquake damage in Cushing following 5.0 magnitude earthquake

Posted at 5:46 PM, Nov 14, 2016

CUSHING, Okla. --  Just one week after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit Cushing, businesses and residents are still cleaning up the damage.

“It’s pretty devastating and it’s rocked the community,” said Volunteer Project Manager Susan Retherford.
“Many of them have been affected and displaced because of this. They’ve had to move locations that they’ve had family businesses for 50 years and they’re not just down the street now,” said Business Owner Tammy Wasson .

Susan Retherford said she’s volunteering as a project manager to help with reconstruction. She said the town needs all the help it can get after FEMA denied federal assistance.

”It’s gonna hurt a lot of people and impact a number of people, and we’re scared for the community and the businesses downtown,” said Retherford.

City leaders said the quake damaged more than 100 single-family homes, They said FEMA also rejected individual homeowners’ requests for help.

“Many people have brick falling off and cracking and they don’t know if their insurance is going to pay for and that presents and economic problem with the value of homes and property in the area as well,” said Wasson.

Retherford said although the town is still shaken from the earthquake, she believes they’ll find a way to get back on their feet.

“The good thing the City, the Police Department, everyone has pulled together to help each other and to try and keep everyone calm, and let everyone know that we’re here to help,” said Retherford.

City leaders said the residents evacuated from the Cimmarron Towers downtown have moved from their temporary shelter at the youth center to a motel in Drumwright.

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