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Individual FEMA aid available in nine parishes

Residents of nine Louisiana parishes with heavy damage from Hurricane Isaac have been approved by FEMA to apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and to cover uninsured property losses from the storm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the individual assistance is available to homeowners, renters and business owners in Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes.

Beyond the grants for housing repair and living assistance, residents and business owners can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Under federal law, the state picks up 25 percent of the costs for the FEMA aid, while the federal government pays 75 percent.

More information is available at www.disasterassistance.gov or at 1-800-621-3362.

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