SBA Approves Gov.'s Request for Disaster Aid in 8 Counties

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Governor Bob Riley says the Small
Business Administration agreed to approve his request for disaster
assistance in central Alabama.

The declaration was sought after severe storms and tornadoes struck Montgomery and several other neighboring counties on November 15th. The governor's office said disaster aid also will be available to residents in Autauga, Bullock, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowdnes, Macon and Pike counties.

The SBA declaration means home owners, renters and business
owners can apply for low interest loans to help recover from storm

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency and local officials will
help coordinate the assistance.

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