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May 3, 2014

Limestone among 4 Alabama counties approved for federal aid

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The federal government has approved aid for four Alabama counties hit by severe weather.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says individuals in Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee and Limestone counties can get grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other aid to help with the recovery.

Federal funding is also available to the state and eligible local government for debris removal and other emergency work.

The federal coordinating officer for Alabama, Albert Lewis, says damage surveys are continuing and more counties may be designated for assistance.

The severe weather claimed five lives. Two people died in Limestone County and one in Tuscaloosa County when tornadoes hit Monday. Two motorists died due to flooding problems in Baldwin County on Thursday and Friday.

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