Trump approves Alabama disaster declaration for severe weather

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WASHINGTON (WAFF) - President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in the state of Alabama. He has ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding from Feb. 19 to March 20.

A White House announcement states that federal funding will be available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe weather in Cherokee, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lamar, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Winston counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Sen. Doug Jones applauded the declaration, saying, “I’m grateful to the President and FEMA for granting this major disaster declaration. This is a step in the right direction that will help communities in North Alabama recover after the devastating flooding that hit the region earlier this year. I will continue to look for every possible avenue on the federal level to help the folks who have been affected by this flooding.”

Gov. Kay Ivey released the following statement:

“The state of Alabama is far too familiar with the often unpredictable, damaging effects of severe weather. In recent months, our state has endured a variety of storm systems, including immense and historic flooding in North Alabama. Alabama is very grateful and pleased to welcome this news. President Trump always stands ready to help Alabama, and I’m grateful for his hand in this recovery process. We can now fully be on the road to recovery because of the assistance of President Trump."

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