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Program may help Merrill Tornado SurvivorsSubmitted: 07/03/2011
Story By Dana Blado

MERRILL - Many people in the Merrill community are still trying to get back to normal after the tornado touched down almost 3 months ago, and one program is helping.

The North Central Community Action Program has worked closely with Merrill United Way and other organizations since the storm.

Melissa Schroeder is a Client Service Worker with the NCCAP. Now she says they have more than $100,000 survivors can apply for.

Schroeder says "85% of the people hit by the tornado were insured. About 15% were not. But even if you had insurance, even with the 85% of the individuals that had insurance, there are certain areas that aren't covered by insurance, like stumpage removal."

Schroeder says survivors can apply at the NCCAP, Saint Vincent de Paul, or the Merrill Chamber of Commerce for assistance.

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