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TN disaster assistance almost $17 million

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal disaster recovery programs have provided almost $17 million for Tennesseans in 26 counties for losses from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency statement said more than 9,600 people have registered with FEMA for assistance related to disasters since April 19.

As of Wednesday, more than $11.2 million has been approved under FEMA's individuals and households program. That includes more than $9.2 million for housing grants such as short-term rental assistance and home repair costs and more than $2 million for medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.

Also, more than $5.4 million in Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses.

Almost 7,000 people have visited disaster recovery centers, and about 6,435 damaged homes have been inspected.

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