Emergency declaration approved on Alabama coast; 40K still without power

Emergency declaration approved on Alabama coast; 40K still without power

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Alabama’s Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia counties for individual and public assistance following Hurricane Sally and subsequent flooding.

Sunday’s disaster declaration makes federal funding available to help people in the affected counties pay for temporary housing, home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured losses. Federal funds can also help state and local governments pay for emergency measures taken to protect residents in those three counties, the Associated Press reported.

(Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager)

About 40,000 Alabama homes and businesses remained without electricity this morning, according to the website poweroutage.us. Most of those appear to be in rural parts of Baldwin County.

Alabama Power on Sunday said its crews had restored service to 99% of customers who could receive it.

Gov. Kay Ivey, who toured the area with other state leaders Friday, said the emergency declarations are an important step toward full recovery.

”When I was on the coast Friday, it was clear that there has been significant damage, and people are in need of relief,” Ivey said Sunday night. “My office has been working on putting in the request for individual and public assistance to help bring the needed aid, and I appreciate FEMA for quickly delivering to the people of Alabama. Being approved for individual and public assistance is an important step in the recovery process.”

(Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager)

People can apply for individual assistance at https://www.disasterassistance.gov.

Two deaths in Alabama were linked to the storm — one drowning and another that occurred during the cleanup, the AP reported.