By Associated Press - Thursday, April 23, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says businesses in three West Virginia counties damaged by severe storms in early March are eligible to apply for low-interest loans.

Tomblin said Wednesday that a federal disaster declaration has been amended to include small businesses in Fayette, Mercer and Tucker counties.

The available loans are from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Loan amounts and terms are based on an applicant’s financial condition.

The earlier disaster declaration approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency made public assistance available to 29 counties for infrastructure and cleanup efforts.

West Virginia also will receive $5 million in emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration to fix storm-damaged roads.

The storm brought heavy snow and rain, knocked out power to more than 80,000 customers and caused flooding, landslides and mudslides.

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