West, Middle Tennessee tornado victims collect nearly $1M in aid

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal grants totaling almost one (m) million dollars have been approved for families in counties that were declared disaster areas after this month's tornadoes. Grants for home repairs or temporary housing totaled more than a half million dollars and averaged $2,300 per household.

Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Randy Welch says other grants for replacing furniture or vehicles and covering medical or funeral expenses amounted to nearly $400,000.

FEMA has registered 940 households in West Tennessee counties that reported damage from the April second twisters and 604 in Middle Tennessee counties struck by the April seventh storms.

Not all those who registered will qualify for a FEMA grant, which is intended to help those who don't have insurance.

FEMA also offers low-interest loans for families and businesses that have losses their insurance didn't cover.

The deadline for applying for grants or loans is June fifth.

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