Aid approved for 8 Alabama counties from March storms

Aid approved for 8 Alabama counties from March storms

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Joe Biden has approved federal disaster aid for eight Alabama counties where tornadoes and strong winds caused damage over two days in March, the White House said Monday.

Biden approved assistance that can include grants for repair and temporary housing; loans for property losses; and other aid to individuals and businesses that were affected on March 25 and 26 in Bibb, Calhoun, Clay, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, and Shelby counties.

Gov. Kay Ivey said she had requested the assistance, which supplements state and local aid.

Five people were killed when nearly a dozen tornadoes hit areas including Ohatchee, Helena and Hale County last month. Storms continued into Georgia, where the city of Newnan southwest of Alabama had major damage.