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President Obama signs disaster declaration for Alabama

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Federal funding is available for qualifying residents and businesses in certain areas, including Limestone County. Federal funding is available for qualifying residents and businesses in certain areas, including Limestone County.
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ALABAMA (WAFF) -

President Obama signed a Disaster Declaration for Alabama on Friday.

Federal funding will now be available for qualified residents and businesses affected by Monday's severe weather. The counties included in this declaration are Limestone, Baldwin, Jefferson and Lee Counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state and eligible local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations, on a cost-sharing basis. This would be for debris removal and emergency work on damage from the severe weather in Limestone, Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee and Mobile Counties. This funding is also available on the same basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the state.

Albert Lewis is the Federal Coordinating Officer for operations in the affected areas.

FEMA said damage surveys are still being done, and more areas could still be designated.

Those who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance, starting Saturday, by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for those who are hearing and speech impaired. These numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time, seven days a week, until further notice.

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