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More than 1,600 people seek federal aid following Washington storms

Associated Press - December 12, 2007 8:35 AM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - More than 1,600 requests for federal aid have been filed for storm damage recovery in Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. That's the word from Susan Reinertson, regional administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She says people, businesses and public agencies reported a total of $90 million in damage. Lewis and Grays Harbor were the two most hard-hit counties in the state by high winds, heavy rain and flooding last week. Reinertson is encouraging residents and business owners with storm damage to register for aid if they have not already done so. The head of the state's military department, Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, says there's no doubt many more need that assistance. The maximum amount of federal aid is $28,800 for each uninsured household, plus low-interest federal loans. Eligibility may be extended to more counties later.

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