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Three More Counties Get Assistance Due To Debby

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President Barack Obama speaks about a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance February 14, 2012 at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks about a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance February 14, 2012 at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — More help is on the way for Floridians out of work due to Debby.

The federal government has approved disaster unemployment assistance for victims of Tropical Storm Debby in Hillsborough, Manatee and Taylor counties. The unemployment assistance  covers a maximum of 28 weeks has also been made available earlier to more than a dozen other counties, mostly stretching across the northern parts of Florida.

Help for both the employed and the unemployed has also trickled in.

Florida emergency management officials have declared 11 counties eligible for disaster aid. That assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

Eight deaths were attributed to the storm, along with the flooding and wind damage in some parts of Florida. In addition, the state continues to deal with a nagging mosquito infestation and well water may still not be safe for drinking.

Florida residents affected by Debby can still use your help.

Anyone wanting to help should call 1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571) or visit the Volunteer Florida donations page. You may also contact your county’s South Florida volunteer center.

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