Earthquake victims in Wells, Nev., can look forward to financial help from the state, but the destruction left behind by the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the city of 1,800 residents Feb. 21 wasn't enough to qualify for federal aid.
Wells city manager Jolene Supp said homeowners and businesses may be able to qualify for up to $28,800 for state assistance by filling out an application and then meeting with state officials around March 12 to see if they qualify.
"It's disappointing," Supp said about the federal side.
But the plus is that the city, county and school district had enough earthquake insurance in the first place that at least those three entities will be getting some help to rebuild.
More help is on the way today, with about 500 volunteers converging on Wells to begin rebuilding. "These people are coming from just literally all over the country," Supp said. "It's going to be a drywaller's paradise here in the next few months."
One group headed to Wells will be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is expected to send about 300 volunteers from stakes in Elko, West Wendover and outlying areas, including cities in Utah.