- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a Virginia disaster declaration that will provide federal aid to Hampton Roads cities affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Local news organizations report that the order was signed Wednesday and will provide funding for Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The funds will be used for programs including temporary housing, home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

Residents and businesses that were affected by the storm can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will establish a local disaster recovery center to help people register and get answers about available resources. Federal, state and local agencies will staff the center.

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