President Bush Surveys Alabama Damage

President Bush with Governor Riley
President Bush with Governor Riley

President Bush got a close-up look Sunday at the destruction caused by Hurricane Ivan as he took a walk along the sandy coastline and dropped in at the Orange Beach Fire Station.

A small crowd gathered in an adjoining park and cheered as Bush entered the fire station, where Ivan ripped tiles off the roof and forced firefighters to flee during the storm.

Bush walked through the sands with Orange Beach Mayor Steve Russo and Alabama Governor Bob Riley, examining the wreckage of several homes and condominium complexes. He called the damage terrible.

The president's visit to the beach town followed his stop in Pensacola, Florida. Some farmers saw their crops wiped out by the massive storm and Bush promised the government would help them recover.

If your home or business has been damaged by Ivan and you need financial help in the clean up process, you can apply for a federal low interest loan by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. Homeowners are eligible for up to $200,000 and business owners can qualify for up to $1.5 million.

With help from the Alabama Associated Press