ATTICA, Ind. WLFI)-The community of Attica is still cleaning up after a strong storm left behind severe damage. But, the community got more bad news, FEMA won't be financially assisting with any of the rebuilding efforts.
Attica Mayor Duane Roderick says he isn't sure why especially considering the extent of the town's damage.
"This is something we have never dealt with before I mean I've lived here 30 years and this is the worst storm I've seen," said Mayor Roderick.
The community is still cleaning up after the storm Monday ripped through the town. It left behind a mess that now the city and residents will be financially responsible for cleaning up. City officials expect the cleanup to take two to three weeks.
"It's mostly trees more than anything but we have a bunch of trees I believe we had one home that was considered a tragedy where it's about half gone," said Mayor Roderick
The Mayor says they were able to get a burn permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
It will be used to get rid of the tree debris that was left behind from the storm. He added that community members have been volunteering to help each other out.
"We aren't equipped to get rid of that much wood at one time," said Mayor Roderick.
Since there is no assistance coming from FEMA, the mayor has a message for community members.
"There are contractors out there that will go to different houses and stuff and let them know that well FEMA is going to cover this and it doesn't happen," said Mayor Roderick. So if it is a contractor, you don't know about or you don't trust, you really shouldn't hire them if you sign a contract because that's going to be on you."
Roderick added they have a wood chipper located at their recycling site. Along with that, the burn site is located at the old airfield.
He asks that residents keep their debris on the side of the road to be picked up, that way it doesn't get in the way of traffic. He said one person was injured during the storm but wasn't able to provide details on the extent of the person's injuries.