Bentley request federal assistance for tornado victims

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After this week's severe weather many are working to rebuild and Governor Robert Bentley is seeking out resources to help Alabamians recover.

Friday, after assessing the damage, Governor Bentley submitted a request for federal assistance from the President through the Federal Emergency Management agency.

The assessment shows that more than 1,500 homes sustained damage. Storm survivors in Jefferson, Chilton, and Perry Counties were impacted the most and will benefit from the assistance.

"I am hopeful the President will provide the necessary resources to help people recover as quickly as possible," Governor Bentley said. "Nine months ago today, our state was impacted by a disaster of historic proportions. The scope of this week's severe weather may not be the same as on April 27, but for the people in the neighborhoods that were torn apart, the damage is just as real, and the need for assistance is the same."

Potential assistance could include grants for temporary housing, financing for home repairs that are not covered by insurance, low-cost loans for uninsured property losses, and other programs.

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