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Flood deadline extended in Pa.

August 28, 2006

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline to apply for financial assistance in recovery from June's flooding in Pennsylvania.

Residents and business owners have been given until Oct. 3 to make their requests.

"With dozens of new applications coming in every day, we thought it was important to extend the registration deadline so everyone who was affected has a chance to apply," Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies said in a news release.

Losses not covered by insurance are eligible for financial aid.

FEMA processes disaster assistance applications as they are submitted, so the sooner individuals apply, the sooner disaster assistance can be disbursed.

Disaster assistance may include funding for temporary housing and grants for serious needs not met by other programs, the news release said.

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Applications can be made to 800-621-FEMA (3362) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. all week. Registration also is accepted at www.fema.gov.

Disaster assistance is available in 22 Pennsylvania counties, including Franklin. More than 11,000 residents and business owners from those counties have registered, with more than $15 million in housing assistance already paid and $31 million in business loans approved.

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