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Residents of West Virginia only have a few more hours to file for derecho disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

There are 20 counties in the mountain state that qualify for individual aid after the windstorm that knocked out power to some home for weeks.  In southern West Virginia, this include Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Pocahontas and Raleigh.

Those who qualify for assistance can get help with rent, home repairs, medical, funeral or dental expenses, destroyed personal property or other expenses that are related to the disaster.

"This funeral help can alleviate the stress of rebuilding and recovering from the derecho for many of our families," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-W.Va.). "I encourage those who were impacted, even slightly, to register for assistance before the deadline."

The center that was set up at the Beckley-Raleigh County Armory is no longer staffed, according to FEMA officials, but you can apply for assistance online.

Here is a link to FEMA's web site: www.fema.gov/disaster-survivor-assistance