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Declared Disaster, Hurricane Hermine Losses Not Likely to Exceed $400M

President Barack Obama has officially declared a major disaster for areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Hermine. A news release says Obama signed the disaster declaration last week. The president’s action makes federal funding available to residents and businesses in …

Texas Twisters Damage Nearly 1500 Homes

As residents of North Texas surveyed the destruction from deadly weekend tornadoes, the storm system that spawned the twisters brought winter storm woes to the Midwest on Monday and amplified flooding that’s blamed for more than a dozen deaths. At …

California Wildfire Evacuees Return to See Scope of Destruction

The scope of devastation from one of California’s most destructive wildfires is becoming clearer and so too is the size of the humanitarian need in one of the state’s poorer counties. Gov. Jerry Brown requested a presidential disaster declaration on …

Tennessee Receives Disaster Declaration for Winter Storms

President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for several counties that were hit hard by winter storms in February. A statement from the White House says the declaration releases federal aid to help with recovery efforts from severe winter weather …

Illinois Senators Propose Changes in Disaster Declaration Process

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin of Illinois are renewing their call for an update of the methods the government uses to determine disaster assistance. The Republican and the Democrat introduced Thursday what they call the Fairness in Federal …

Drought Prompts Disaster Declaration for Most of Nevada

The U.S. Agriculture Department has declared most of Nevada a natural disaster area due to lingering drought. And state water officials say more trouble is brewing for ranchers and farmers in western Nevada where cutbacks have been ordered in irrigation …

West Virginia Counties Offer SBA Drought Disaster Loans

Small businesses and most nonprofits in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties affected by drought are eligible for federal disaster loans. The two counties are contiguous to one or more counties in West Virginia declared disaster areas following a drought that occurred …

Federal Disaster Declaration Approved for Kentucky

A disaster declaration has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for heavy rain and flash flooding in August that swamped roads and forced people from their homes in eastern Kentucky. The declaration opens the door for Kentucky residents …

FEMA Approves Disaster Funding for South Dakota

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $3.6 million in disaster aid to help communities recover from several June storms, including the tornado in Wessington Spring and flooding in other areas. Funds …

Michigan Governor Declares Disaster in Detroit After Floods

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster in the Detroit area after heavy rain caused major road closures, flooded houses and damaged infrastructure. The governor said Wednesday the action will help the state “fully coordinate and maximize …