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Ala. official: grants may not cover storm damage

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state official says Alabama communities trying to repair storm damage will need as much as $400 million in government grants beyond what they'll get from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other standard sources for dealing with disasters.

Jim Byard Jr., the director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affair, said Monday that the state may not be able to count on the federal Community Development Block Grant program to make up the difference.

Byard says an early assessment shows the state could use $350 million to $400 million in additional block grants. He's urging officials to keep their plans in line with economic conditions. He says he anticipates Alabama getting more help in the form of tax incentives or tax breaks than through direct federal assistance.  

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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