Federal Aid for West Virginia Flood Reaches $72M

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal assistance has reached $72 million for West Virginians affected by devastating floods last month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the money includes grants, loans and claims to individuals and state and local governments.

FEMA says it has awarded $29.8 million in housing aid, more than $5.4 million in other assistance and $1.4 million for governments. The Small Business Administration has approved 426 low-interest loans worth more than $27.9 million. More than 900 National Flood Insurance Program claims have totaled more than $7.5 million.

FEMA says more than 8,000 households and businesses have applied for aid.

Individual assistance is available for residents of Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster.

The June 23 floods killed 23 people and ravaged homes, businesses and infrastructure.