MARYSVILLE, IN - MARCH 04: Volunteers wait for a backhoe to move a pile of debris as they look for items to salvage from a home that was destroyed by a tornado on March 4, 2012 in Marysville, Indiana. Severe weather and tornados have swept across the U.S. causing heavy damage and multiple deaths. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Obama approves storm aid for local, state services

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- President Barack Obama has approved federal assistance for state and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in five southern Indiana counties for damage sustained from tornadoes and severe storms that struck between February 29 and March 3.

Gov. Mitch Daniels' office says Obama approved the aid for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott and Washington.

Daniels received the notification Thursday night. His office says state and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in the five counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance to pay 75 percent of the approved cost of debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities.

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