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Jefferson County among those eligible for federal disaster aid

June 20, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - President Bush has approved federal disaster assistance for 10 West Virginia counties, including one in the Eastern Panhandle, that were hit by severe weather earlier this month.

State Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato said Thursday that assistance to individuals and households has been approved for Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Marion, Taylor and Tyler counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

Some nonprofit groups and local and state governments may be able to recoup part of their costs for emergency work and for the repair and replacement of facilities. Counties eligible for public assistance include Barbour, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Marion and Taylor.

Several areas of Jefferson and Berkeley counties in the Eastern Panhandle were hit hard with heavy winds and rains. Most of the damage to structures was caused by downed trees and no injuries were reported.

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Residents who have questions about whether they are eligible to receive FEMA assistance can contact the agency at 800-621-FEMA.

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