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Legislators call for emergency funds for lakeshore residents

May 19, 2017 07:38 PM

Flooding continues to impact residents along the lake. It's been really heartbreaking for many. Homeowners have seen their properties wash away. It's also impacting the local economy.

"Everybody's out of a job for who knows how long," says Michael McKeon, restaurant owner.

McKeon's restaurant in Charlotte has been closed for more than two weeks now. "I can watch every day," he says. "I can watch the storm drain fill up with water and I knew as soon as they got up to the top that we're going to have a problem."

Instead of serving beers, workers are clearing their coolers; bar stools are up, the pool table, unused.

"The most frustrating part is not knowing when it's going to go down," McKeon says.

"People are suffering and we want to try and assist them," says Sen. Joe Robach.

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Senator Robach and other Senate Republicans want $55 million to be given to those affected by the flooding like McKeon.

"Small individual grant amounts can be applied for -- a little bit bigger for businesses, a little smaller for homeowners," says Robach. "A little bit of a different criteria for farms but everybody can try to participate for that."

Homeowners can get $15,000 to $30,000 and small businesses could get up to $50,000 to help them recover.

As Michael McKeon patiently waits for any kind of financial help from the government, he's trying to stay positive.

"That's it," says McKeon. "That's all you can do... Keep smiling."

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Nina Porciuncula

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