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Carlisle woman finds FEMA relief short-lived - abc27 WHTM

Carlisle woman finds FEMA relief short-lived

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Carlisle woman is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Katrina nearly eight years after it happened. Her problem is with governmental red tape.

Amber Daniel was living in Mississippi with her Navy husband Kyle when their home was destroyed by Katrina in 2005. She said they got $12,000 in federal assistance from FEMA to help cover their losses.

Amber said she got no indication that it was anything but a grant, but over the last year or so FEMA has been trying to get all of the money back. They have even taken her most recent federal tax refund.

We asked her if they ever indicated it was a loan.

"No," she said. "Nobody ever made me aware of that at all."

Amber said she finally got an explanation from FEMA a couple of weeks ago, but she said it doesn't make any sense.

"The supervisor actually told me the reason why was because of the Military Claims Act, stating that the military had helped with funding for us and that wasn't the case at all," she said.

She said she has taken the matter to Senator Robert Casey's office and has been told they are looking into her case.

abc27 called a couple of phone numbers provided by FEMA on Wednesday but were unable to find anyone that could talk with us about Amber's case.

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