MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The government says hundreds of people have sought federal aid since a tornado killed nearly two dozen people in east Alabama this spring.
A statement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency says 817 homeowners and renters have applied for disaster assistance since the March 3 twister. More than $1.2 million has gone to Lee County residents for housing and other needs.
The Small Business Administration also has approved 54 low-interest disaster loans totaling almost $2.8 million.
An EF-4 tornado with winds estimated at 170 mph (274 kph) struck Beauregard, killing 23 people and injuring 90.
Scores of homes and other buildings were damaged or destroyed along a storm path that forecasters say was nearly 27 miles (43.45 kilometers) long.
The federal assistance followed a disaster declaration by President Donald Trump.