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Updated: Federal Disaster Approved For 2 W.Va. Counties

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has approved a federal disaster declaration for two southern West Virginia counties ravaged by recent flooding.

Gov. Joe Manchin's spokesman Matt Turner says the declaration was approved Friday for Mingo and Wyoming counties.

The declaration makes federal assistance available. It can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover.

State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit groups also can obtain federal funding to recoup part of their costs for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

More counties could be added to the declaration later.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Charleston, WV (AP) -- A spokesman for Gov. Joe Manchin says a federal disaster declaration has been made for two southern West Virginia counties ravaged by recent flooding.

Manchin had requested the declaration for six counties.

Spokesman Matt Turner says the declaration was approved Friday for Mingo and Wyoming counties.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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