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State and Nation

May 6, 2014

Alabama governor seeks aid for 5 more counties

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor is seeking federal assistance for five more Alabama counties that suffered damage from severe weather last week.

Gov. Robert Bentley says his administration submitted an application to the president on Tuesday for individual disaster assistance in DeKalb, Etowah, Blount, Tuscaloosa and Mobile counties.

The state is already receiving federal assistance for Limestone, Jefferson, Lee and Baldwin counties for the tornadoes and flooding that hit the state last week and claimed five lives.

Bentley says the application for the five new counties was submitted after the first four counties because it took time to complete damage assessments.

If the five counties are approved, residents could get grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other aid to help with the recovery.

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