President Trump declares disaster in wake of March 19 tornadoes

Four Alabama counties are getting federal assistance with cleanup after the March 19 storms.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 10:37 AM

President Trump has approved a major disaster declaration in Alabama for areas hit had by March severe weather.

People in Calhoun, Cullman, St. Clair and Etowah counties are eligible for federal disaster assistance for damage resulting from storms that swept through the area March 19. The declaration also allows the federal government to help with debris removal and infrastructure repairs.

State officials urged residents who need help to apply for federal assistance on underinsured and uninsured losses and damages. The assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other needs such as medical and dental expenses.

Residents can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency online, through the agency's mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Officials said the U.S. Small Business Administration may also be able to provide low-interest loans to help cover losses.

A number of tornadoes touched down in the March weather event -- one of them causing extensive damage at Jacksonville State University.

In north Alabama, 11 tornadoes also were reported in north Alabama during the event. The majority of damage from those storms was reported in Hazel Green in Madison County, Elkmont in Limestone County and the Horton community in Marshall County.

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