Thousands of Texans seek help after devastating May storms

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Thousands of Texans have sought government help in the weeks since deadly storms and flooding devastated parts of the state.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Saturday that more than 17,500 individuals have registered so far for assistance. A federal disaster declaration was updated Wednesday to cover 30 Texas counties.

FEMA says nearly $29 million has been approved for claims linked to recovery since severe weather began May 4th.

Two people were killed May 10 when a tornado hit Van. Memorial Day weekend flooding in parts of Texas damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. More than two dozen people were killed statewide.

Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants for housing and home repairs. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans for eligible applicants.