- Associated Press - Saturday, May 20, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Businesses in 15 central Alabama counties affected by last year’s drought have one month left to apply for federal disaster loans.

The Small Business Administration says June 19 is the deadline for agricultural and aquaculture businesses to seek the federal assistance.

The low-interest loans can be for as much as $2 million.

A short-term drought cut off rain for weeks last fall before precipitation resumed in December. About 60 percent of the state remains abnormally dry, but the worst drought conditions have ended.

The loans are available in the following counties: Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker.

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