"If there were all these sewer backups all over the place, we would have heard about it," said spokeswoman Toni-Anne Blake.
It was unclear how much FEMA paid in those cases. The government has limits for certain items but would not discuss them, saying in a written response to the newspaper that the information was "exempt from disclosure."
FEMA leaves it up to recipients to spend disaster aid as it was intended. Residents are required to keep receipts, for auditing purposes, for three years.
The government gave Charlucienne Saintange, a tenant at the Gardens in Opa-locka, $1,187 to replace belongings in her living room and a bedroom that she said were damaged by standing water. She said she used the money to buy a used king size mattress, two twin beds and a dresser for $1,200. She had no receipts.
"They didn't say we had to keep receipts," Saintange said.
Neighbor Kim Harris said she used FEMA money to replace a 27-inch TV damaged in the storm. She produced a Sept. 13 receipt from BrandsMart USA showing she bought a vacuum, frying pan and hand mixer, but no television.
"I'm surprised it's not on here," said Harris, 37. "It should have been on here because I purchased it at the same time."
In her ZIP code, FEMA inspectors recorded 257 damaged or broken televisions.
But Martinez, whose TV business sits on a busy Opa-locka intersection, said at most three customers mentioned storm damage.
"As I recall, last month was a pretty slow month," he said. "What a country."
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