Residents of 3 Ala. counties can get federal help

ATLANTA (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says people in three Alabama counties affected by storms and flooding are eligible for individual assistance.

FEMA's regional office says homeowners, renters, affected visitors and businesses in Covington, Geneva and Houston counties are eligible for the aid. The storms that caused the damage began on March 25.

Those who suffered damages in the three designated counties may complete an online application at or apply by phone by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.

The Individual Assistance Program can help eligible applicants with temporary housing, uninsured personal property and medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster.

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