A week after a devastating tornado ripped through Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties, there's still no word if the federal government will help victims out.
Congressman Larry Kissell told Eyewitness News tornado victims should learn if they'll get federal assistance by the middle of next week.
An EF-2 tornado ripped through Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties last week, damaging or destroying more than 200 homes.
The tornado caused more than $2 million in damage in Cabarrus County.
Mike Ziglar was up at five in the morning Saturday, cutting up tree limbs and clearing debris from his yard in Harrisburg.
The damage to his house is so bad he can't go back until the end of July.
"We'll rebuild it. We'll come back," Ziglar said.
His insurance is paying for a rental home but he's not sure how much of the clean-up cost will be reimbursed.
"Would you like to know if you're going to get federal assistance?" asked Eyewitness News.
"It would help ease some of the questions," Ziglar responded.
Congressman Kissell (D-NC) last week asked FEMA to speed up its damage assessments. Eyewitness News asked Kissell on Saturday why it hasn't yet made a decision.
"We didn't want a rush job, we wanted a good job," Kissell said.
Kissell said he convinced FEMA to evaluate the damage to Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties together, making it easier to qualify for aid.
The tornado damaged or destroyed more than 200 homes, but Kissell said a big part of getting federal assistance is establishing damage to 'public infrastructures' -- things like power poles, government buildings, or hospitals.
"We don't want it rushed to the point where they make a quick decision and might miss something," Kissell said.
Kissell said another reason for the delay is because there were dozens of tornadoes last week in 10 states so FEMA has been working non-stop on damage assessments.
The outbreak of tornadoes killed nearly 40 people.
Kissell is expecting a final decision by the middle of next week.
Brigette Daniels lives in the Steeple Chase neighborhood in Harrisburg. She said dozens of volunteers have been helping her out over the last week. She believes the government should take into consideration the fact that there was no tornado warning.
"It was a bad disaster," Daniels said. "And nobody warned us. We had no warning. No nothing."