Florida Gets Disaster Aid

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared
Volusia County a major disaster area, freeing up millions of
federal dollars to aid victims of the flood ravaged site.

As much as 21 inches of rain drenched the area last week, causing an estimated $55.1 million in losses and damaging 1,500 structures. Gov. Charlie Crist surveyed the damages Tuesday, watching as hundreds of victims lined up at two assistance centers seeking help.

The president's announcement Wednesday will assist victims with
grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to
cover uninsured property losses. It will also include help for
business owners recovering from the effects of the disaster.

The weeklong rain also flooded two parts of the Daytona Beach
International Speedway, though none of the water was on the track.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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