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FEMA help available to residents in stricken counties

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This is a viewer-submitted photo of a house damaged in the Lake Martin area. This is a viewer-submitted photo of a house damaged in the Lake Martin area.

FEMA has approved assistance for numerous counties in Alabama following last week's deadly storm outbreak. 

The disaster declaration makes homeowners and renters eligible for assistance, including grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover residential and business losses not fully covered by insurance.

For information about assistance available, residents of the designated counties may call  FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 am to 10 pm local time. You will need your zip code. Help line representatives will be available.

You can also file a claim on www.disasterassistance.gov.

Here are the counties in which aid was made available Sunday night:  Bibb, Blount, Cherokee, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, and Washington

Counties previously designated are: Autauga, Calhoun, Cullman, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marengo, Marion, Marshall, Sumter, St. Clair, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa and Walker.

If you are victim and need help from the state contact 1-866-465-2241.

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