Obama approves disaster aid for 6 Ind. counties

Obama approves disaster aid for 6 Ind. counties

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. Listen in back are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner, right. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 11 at 5:33 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama has approved federal assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses in six Indiana counties in southern Indiana struck by tornadoes and severe storms that killed 13 people last week.

The action announced late Friday night by the White House makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick, and Washington counties.

Officials say 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 damage from the storms that hit the region from Feb. 29 to March 3.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says residents can apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.fema.gov/assistance or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

The state's disaster recovery website is at http://www.emergency.in.gov.

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