Governor Bentley Announces Alabama Received Approval For Disaster Assistance

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) — Governor Robert Bentley on Saturday announced Alabama has received approval for federal disaster assistance

 President Obama has declared this week’s impact by severe weather a federal disaster.

 That means federal disaster aid is now available to residents in Alabama and available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Limestone, Baldwin, Jefferson, and Lee counties.

It’s for areas within those four counties that suffered damage by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding on April 28th and continuing.

 Federal assistance can come through grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs.

 There’s federal funding available on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency work for damage

 If you want to apply for assistance, register online or call 1-800-621-FEMA, which is 3362.

The number is manned from 6 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

 Damage surveys are continuing and more counties like DeKalb and Etowah could be added in the future.

 “Our communities are recovering from the severe weather outbreak, and this federal aid help will ensure Alabamians have resources available to rebuild their lives,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “I appreciate the support of our federal delegation and for the approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We will continue to work with FEMA to assess damages in other areas of the state.”