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Alabama EMA requests disaster assistance for 4 counties

(WAFF) – The Alabama Department of Emergency Management announced Monday that it has submitted a request for Small Business Administration disaster assistance for four counties as a results of severe storm and flood damage between Dec. 24, 2015 and Jan. 7, 2016.

Coffee, Jefferson, Montgomery and Morgan Counties are included in the request.

As of Jan. 11, joint damage assessments confirm the following damage in Coffee, Montgomery, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties:

Coffee County

  • Homes with major damage: 107
  • Homes Destroyed: 20
  • Businesses with major damage: 16
  • Businesses Destroyed : 4
  • Businesses with minor damage:  60

Jefferson County

  • Homes with major damage: 34
  • Homes with minor damage: 197
  • Businesses with major damage: 7

Montgomery County

  • Homes with major damage: 26
  • Homes with minor damage : 20
  • Businesses with major damage: 3

Morgan County

  • Homes with major damage: 41
  • Homes with minor damage : 37
  • Businesses with major damage: 51
  • Businesses with minor damage: 1
  • Private Non Profit with major damage : 1

The state EMA said in their announcement that assistance may be in the form of low-interest rate loans for individual and business recovery.

“The December storms and flooding caused damage to homes and businesses in several Alabama communities, and I visited with Alabamians whose homes had been destroyed,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Local and state teams have worked hard to get damage assessments compiled, and based on damage assessed, we are requesting the Small Business Administration help Alabamians in Coffee, Jefferson, Montgomery and Morgan Counties recover and rebuild. Damage assessments for public infrastructure statewide continues. We will continue to closely work with all affected communities across the state to connect people to all available resources.”

AEMA Director Art Faulkner said the agency will continue assisting those affected by the damage as they await word on the request.

January 11, 2016

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