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FEMA Funding

By: Denise Alex
By: Denise Alex

More than $13 million in aid has been approved for victims of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan in Ohio.

More than $7.6 million is allotted for West Virginia flood victim.

Authorities say more people should seek help.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said state and federal grants have been approved for more than 2,500 households across the Mountain State.

But in a visit to the Northern Panhandle Thursday, coordinator Lou Botta said he was concerned that only 40 percent of those eligible for aid have applied.

More than 5,200 residents in 18 counties have registered for aid, including nearly 2,300 in Ohio County.

Botta says funds remain available.

President Bush declared 22 counties disaster areas after last month's floods.

The 24-hour FEMA hot line is 1-800, 621-3362. People with speech or hearing impairments may dial 1-800, 462-7585.


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