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Bush approves federal aid for areas in state damaged by tornadoes

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Federal disaster aid soon will be available to residents in six tornado-damaged counties in Alabama, with President Bush approving the state's request Tuesday.

The president's disaster declaration for Coffee, Wilcox, Dale, Henry, Dallas and Montgomery counties allows eligible citizens and businesses to apply for assistance to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and storm-related expenses.

The aid will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"The president's actions will help these communities recover more quickly," Gov. Bob Riley said.

Low-interest loans also will be offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover other losses not fully insured. Individuals in the six counties who suffered storm damage on March 1 can call 1-800-621-FEMA to apply for assistance. The number for the hearing and speech impaired is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

FEMA is holding an applicants briefing March 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wilcox County Courthouse Annex in Camden. Additional briefings will be scheduled later.

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