FEMA Extends Deadline to Ask for Hurricane Help

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving Texas victims of Hurricane Ike an extra 29 days to ask for financial help.

FEMA on Thursday extended the application deadline for homeowners, renters, and business owners to Jan. 10.

FEMA officials said the aid can include grants for temporary housing, vital home repairs, or other storm-related expenses that aren't covered by insurance. They said they acted in response to a request from state officials.

Gov. Rick Perry has previously requested about $300 million from FEMA for temporary housing for Ike victims. Perry says Ike destroyed about 100,000 homes and left half a million people in Southeast Texas homeless.

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