Without federal assistance, a small community may never recover from a natural disaster. We personally experienced this when our small town of Lancaster, Texas, was heavily damaged and did not receive federal funding. We were denied funding because the population of our city was not a large enough proportion of Dallas County, which we were a part of. This town never recovered to the beautiful little town it was. Historical buildings had to be razed, not restored and people lost property value. Some walked away and it took years to redevelop these neighborhoods. 250 homes were destroyed in 7 minutes. No one ever came to view this devastation from the federal government. Horrible.