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Flood assistance extended to 2 Panhandle counties

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Federal assistance has been extended to more parts of Florida's Panhandle, where flooding cleanup continues.

Individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency previously was approved for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Now people in Okaloosa and Walton counties with homes and businesses that sustained damage from April 28 through May 6 also can apply for federal assistance.

Officials say the money can help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.

Information is available online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.

Okaloosa County Commissioner Nathan Boyles tells the Northwest Florida Daily News (http://bit.ly/QDUuSQ ) that the money will help in an area with a lot of houses in low-lying areas.

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Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), http://www.nwfdailynews.com

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