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Three more counties eligible for federal disaster assistance

People living in three more Kentucky counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance, following a round of severe weather in July.

FEMA officials said Friday Madison, Mason, and Rowan counties are now on the disaster declaration.

"These counties are still recovering from damage caused by the July floods. I appreciate FEMA getting them the assistance they need," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release.

People living in Madison, Mason, or Rowan counties can now register for Individual Assistance, which according to FEMA, can include grants for homeowners and renters to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs, and other disaster-related expenses.

FEMA officials say low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes.

FEMA also says local governments in Madison County are now eligible to apply for funding under FEMA's Public Assistance program.

"This is wonderful news for the residents of southern Madison County and Berea," said Madison County Emergency Management Director Carl Richards in a news release. "This assistance may help ease some of the burden as people go through the difficulty of dealing with property loss or damage."

Eight Kentucky counties are now eligible for some type of federal disaster assistance related to the July flooding. Carter, Lewis, Madison, and Pike counties are eligible for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance.

Mason and Rowan counties are eligible for Individual Assistance only. Elliott and Shelby counties are eligible for Public Assistance only.

Flood victims eligible for Individual Assistance are asked to register with FEMA as soon as possible. They can do so by clicking on the link attached to this story, or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).

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