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Help available for Cherokee County storm victims

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Residents of Cherokee County whose homes were damaged by tornadoes earlier this month can get help in rebuilding their lives.

Gov. Beverly Perdue says the US Small Business Administration is providing financial assistance following her request for a disaster declaration.

An SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open Tuesday in Murphy to help individuals complete their applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program and explain the application process. The center is located at the Employment Security Commission and will remain open through March 22.

Severe storms and tornadoes rolled across several western counties March 3, damaging more than 150 homes in Cherokee, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties. Assessments in the latter two counties didn't meet the threshold for a disaster declaration.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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