Federal disaster aid offered North Texas residents

Lancaster tornado: Day 2

Credit: WFAA

Parts of Lancaster were hit hard by the April 3 storms.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 1:02 PM

DALLAS (AP) — The federal government is offering low-interest disaster loans to residents and business owners in 13 North Texas counties damaged by April 3 tornadoes and other storms.

Small business Administration Administrator Karen Mills announced the disaster designation Tuesday. An SBA statement says the move came in response to an April 13 request from Gov. Rick Perry.

The disaster declaration makes the assistance available in Dallas, Tarrant, Kaufman, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Johnson, Parker, Rockwall, Van Zandt and Wise counties. The filing deadline for property damage is June 18, while the deadline to return economic injury applications is Jan. 17. Information is available from 800-659-2955, disastercustomerservice(at)sba.gov or http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. The deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

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