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      Georgia disaster recovery: By the numbers

      Southwest Georgia flooding in March and April 2009

      More than $5.49 million in disaster assistance has been approved for south Georgia residents who suffered damage from the March 26-April 13 severe storms and flooding, announced officials with the Georgia Emergency Management Agencyand the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

      Recovery information as of close of business June 15 is as follows:

      $3,996,912 has been approved to help disaster-affected Georgia residents with temporary housing, home repairs and other needs through FEMA and state disaster grants programs.

      $1,498,900 in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses. Fifty loans have been approved so far. SBA loans are the largest source of disaster funds to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property or for making substantial repairs or rebuilding damaged structures to their pre-disaster condition. The low-interest disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes. The deadline to apply for an SBA disaster loan is June 22, 2009.

      83,675 pieces of recovery literature were distributed by FEMA community relations specialists to more than 3,829 individuals and at hundreds of additional locations including schools, local governments, civic organizations, police and fire departments, faith-based groups and businesses.

      897 people visited state and federal Disaster Recovery Centers and SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to talk face to face with recovery specialists. Seven outreach centers were opened to provide personalized assistance.

      1,402 (99.5 percent) of damage inspections have been completed.

      1,742 people in the 23 designated counties registered with FEMA for Individual Assistance.

      COUNTY

      NUMBER OF REGISTRATIONS

      Baker

      23

      Ben Hill

      164

      Berrien

      48

      Brantley

      55

      Brooks

      38

      Camden

      22

      Coffee

      209

      Colquitt

      71

      Decatur

      90

      Dougherty

      88

      Early

      157

      Echols

      15

      Lanier

      17

      Lowndes

      172

      Miller

      61

      Mitchell

      197

      Pierce

      43

      Tift

      143

      Ware

      20

      Worth

      92

      Montgomery, Tattnall and Wheeler (combined total)

      17

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