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Obama Orders Federal Aid for Flood-Ravaged Colorado

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A couple on an ATV turn around at the edge of a flooded road on September 14, 2013 in La Salle, Colorado. The Sanchez family has lived there for 11 years and said they've never seen anything even close to this level of flooding in the area. Heavy rains for the better part of week fueled widespread flooding in numerous Colorado towns. The historic flooding forced thousands to evacuate the area and more rain is predicted through the weekend. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

A couple on an ATV turn around at the edge of a flooded road on September 14, 2013 in La Salle, Colorado. The Sanchez family has lived there for 11 years and said they’ve never seen anything even close to this level of flooding in the area. Heavy rains for the better part of week fueled widespread flooding in numerous Colorado towns. The historic flooding forced thousands to evacuate the area and more rain is predicted through the weekend. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration and ordered federal aid for flood ravaged Colorado.

The White House said in a statement Saturday night that the action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Boulder County.

The statement says that the president declared a major disaster exists and ordered the aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

The aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says damage surveys are ongoing and more counties and additional forms of assistance could be allocated later.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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