Disaster Relief

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has handled nearly 600,000 applications for help in the wake of three damaging hurricanes.

More than 320-million dollars in assistance has been provided.

FEMA, the American Red Cross along with state and local agencies continue to cope with damage left by Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan - - - largely in Florida but also in Alabama and other states.

To date, Frances has been the most costly, with 158-point-four million dollars distributed in response to 279,000 applications for help.