— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Small Business Administration has approved Walker County and the surrounding counties for disaster assistance stemming from severe storms on March 18.
Gov. Robert Bentley said the SBA disaster declaration will provide low-interest loans to help people recover and rebuild. Walker County is the primary county listed in the disaster declaration, but it also covers the neighboring counties of Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa and Winston.
Earlier this month, the SBA issued a similar disaster declaration covering DeKalb, Etowah and surrounding counties in Alabama and Georgia based on damages from the same line of storms. In Alabama, those surrounding counties are Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Jackson, Marshall and St. Clair.
Loans are available to homeowners, renters and businesses in all the counties.