A mistake by FEMA has proved costly to two families who lost their homes to a wild fire last year. More than two dozen homes were damaged in April of 2011 when fire swept through part of Oak Hill. Doug and Janice Todd who live along Scenic Brook Drive received $30,000 from FEMA to rebuild. Lily Henric, who lives across the street, also got a check. Both recently received letters demanding they give back the money. Government officials claim a mistake was made and Oak Hill residents were not eligible for the federal aid. The FEMA money was only authorized, to help fire crews, and the assistance for residents was slated only for Bastrop residents who were burned out a few months later.
"Mislead and disappointed because we were up front with when our fire happened in April it wasn't in September and she said I don't think there will be any problem with that," said Janice Todd from her home Wednesday morning. They rebuilt, thanks to help from volunteers and donations. She and her husband considered fighting the government, but gave up. We were afraid it was going to be a losing battle," said Todd.
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