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Feds give $400 million to 8 states hit by Hurricane Irene, other disasters

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 8:38 PM EST, Fri January 20, 2012
In August, Hurricane Irene pummeled the East Coast, including Wallington, New Jersey.
In August, Hurricane Irene pummeled the East Coast, including Wallington, New Jersey.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The funds are based on 2011's biggest natural disasters
  • Several states receive funds to recover from Hurricane Irene
  • Alabama and Missouri receive aid for tornadoes
  • Texas is awarded cash relief for wildfire damage

(CNN) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development distributed $400 million in emergency aid Friday to eight states that experienced the biggest natural disasters in 2011.

New York received $93,213,963 for flooding from Hurricane Irene that pummeled the East Coast last August and for damages from Tropical Storm Lee in Schoharie, Tioga, Broome, Greene, and Orange counties. In particular, Orange County will receive $11,422,029 and Union Township $10,137,818 to support recovery efforts.

North Dakota was awarded $79,358,648 to recover from severe flooding. Most of the money will go to Minot, which was hit the hardest by the flooding.

Alabama was given $55,566,078 for losses from last year's severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in Tuscaloosa, Marion, Jefferson and DeKalb counties and in Birmingham.

Missouri received $53,985,768 for recovery from last spring's tornado, severe storms and flooding in Jasper County and in Joplin.

Pennsylvania was awarded $49,297,140 for damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in Bradford, Dauphin, Columbia, Wyoming and Luzerne counties.

Texas was given $31,319,686 for a series of wildfires from late summer through autumn in Bastrop County.

Vermont secured $21,660,211 for the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Irene in Washington and Windsor counties.

New Jersey garnered $15,598,506 to help Passaic County recover from the damage of Hurricane Irene.

Each state will spend the funds for housing, business and infrastructure repairs, federal authorities said.

CNN's Michael Martinez contributed to this story.

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