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FEMA extends deadline to apply for Ida assistance

Oct. 27, 2021 22:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Families affected by Hurricane Ida now have until Nov. 29 to apply for FEMA disaster assistance. The deadline was set to occur on Thursday, but now homeowners and renters who live in 25 parishes have until next month to apply, the Federal...

Major disaster declaration approved for Virginia county

Oct. 27, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Biden administration has approved a major disaster declaration for a Virginia county following heavy rains in late August that led to flash floods and landslides, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday. According to a news release from Northam's...

Edwards: Ida temporary trailer program ramps up in Louisiana

Oct. 27, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's temporary housing program for people displaced by Hurricane Ida is increasing its pace of getting people into travel trailers, but Gov. John Bel Edwards said he's still pushing for the program to accelerate its work. “We're not...

'Atmospheric river' drenches drought-stricken California

Oct. 27, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful atmospheric river storm that swept through California set rainfall records and helped douse wildfires. But it remained to be seen how much of a dent it made in the state's drought. The weather system weakened as it moved south but still...

Louisiana to get $595M federal disaster aid for Laura, Delta

Oct. 26, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will receive $595 million in federal disaster block grant aid to help with housing restoration and other recovery needs from last year's back-to-back blows of Hurricanes Laura and Delta, the state's two U.S. senators announced Tuesday. ...

FEMA individual aid: 8 Mississippi counties; public aid: 19

Oct. 25, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s governor says residents in eight counties can apply for federal help with Hurricane Ida expenses, and 19 counties can get public aid. Approval for help through the Federal Emergency Management Agency means "Mississippians will have...

Harris-Stowe using pandemic funds to cancel student debt

Oct. 25, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harris-Stowe University in St. Louis is using federal pandemic relief funds to eliminate student debt from the last academic school year, school officials said. Harris-Stowe, one of Missouri's two historically Black universities, announced it used the...

Deadline Monday to apply for FEMA aid after Tennessee floods

Oct. 25, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The deadline is approaching for people impacted by deadly, destructive flooding in Tennessee to apply for federal aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says homeowners and renters with uninsured damage or losses in Dickson, Hickman,...

Nov. 2 deadline for Ida disaster unemployment applications

Oct. 24, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents who lost wages because of Hurricane Ida have until Nov. 2 to apply for disaster unemployment assistance, according to the state labor department. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said the jobless aid is available to eligible...

Lamont seeks disaster declaration for flooding caused by Ida

Oct. 23, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont has submitted a request for a major disaster declaration to the Biden administration, seeking federal funds to help Connecticut recover from damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The Sept. 1 storm dumped as much as 8...