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Deadline for FEMA aid approaching

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The last day for Central Texas flood victims to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the Memorial Day weekend flooding is tomorrow.

FEMA distributes grants to residents in disaster areas to help rehabilitate those who were left either homeless or in need of home repair following a major flood.

President Barack Obama declared 47 Texas counties disaster areas, eligible for federal aid in the aftermath of floods and tornadoes that scarred the areas and left at least 14 dead in May and June.

Hays, Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Blanco and Bastrop Counties are among the counties Obama declared eligible for assistance.

The disaster centers in Hays County are located at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St. and the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12.

According to FEMA’s data, 33,805 Texas households are registered for assistance, and the federal agency has approved approximately $50 million of aid.

Aid offered by FEMA through their individual assistance program include rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable and grants for home repair and replacement of essential house hold items.

In addition, FEMA also allows aid money to be used for medical and funeral bills, loans and unemployment payments for up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost their jobs as a result of natural disaster, according to FEMA documents.