MAPLETON, Ore. - The heavy flooding in January left hundreds of Oregonians displaced from their homes.
Heavy winds and torrential rain turned back yards into raging rivers in several counties in Oregon.
On Monday, FEMA announced they had denied assistance to individuals and homeowners that suffered flood damages from the mid-January flood.
According to the Lane County Office of Emergency Management, FEMA investigators determined that there was not enough damage in the counties that requested the funding.
At least 170 homes were damaged in Lane County. Several of those homeowners were counting on FEMA money to them start over.
"I think if one person needs help, FEMA should step forward and help them," said Brian Green, a resident of Mapleton. "A lot of them are displaced still and had to move out of the area."
The town of Mapleton's only bank, Siuslaw Bank, is still closed due to damage.
"I'm surprised that they don't think that's an emergency," said Caroline Estes, a business owner in Mapleton.
Estes owns and manages the Alpha Bit Cafe in Mapleton.
The floods ruined the business's carpet and several merchandise items.
"We couldn't sell anything, so we couldn't stay open," Estes said.
After spending $10,000 on repairs and with no FEMA money on the way, Estes said she is worried about keeping the shelves stocked.
"It is disappointing because without that money there's a lot we can't do," Estes said.
The Alpha Bit Cafe was able to pay for repairs and open again with money from savings. But Estes said getting through the next season won't be easy.
"We'll have to rely a lot on good customer relations for a while to help us keep going," Estes said.
Governor Kitzhaber does plan on appealing FEMA's decision to deny individual assistance in Oregon.
FEMA did provide funding for government entities in several Oregon counties in early March.
The federal money will be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities.