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After a disaster, no one to help



My heart goes out to Kim Schmadeke in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for all of the difficulties she experienced after a storm, and especially her disappointing dealings with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as reported in the April 26 front-page article “Assistance not approved.” I’m glad she received some financial support for the repair of her mobile home — but it wasn’t enough.

Even more disturbing was the bureaucratic way in which her appeals were rebuffed — with not even an explanation. To be poor and in her situation with no social support, and to turn to the federal government and be turned away, was disheartening.

I suspect she is not alone. I hope an Iowa senator or representative takes note and reaches out to Ms. Schmadeke.

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