WESTMINSTER : Disaster Service Center Will Close

The state and federal governments' Disaster Service Center in Westminster--set up for victims of the recent storms--will close at 7 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

The facility has been accepting applications for low-interest disaster loans. Centers in Ventura, North Hollywood and Malibu will continue to operate through March 21.

President George Bush's Feb. 25 disaster declaration makes residents and business owners in Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Kern and Ventura counties eligible for such loans, according to LaMoyne Darnall, deputy federal coordinating officer.

Darnall and Paul Flores, the state's coordinating officer, said residents in the affected counties should seek information about the various disaster relief programs "even if they are not sure they qualify."

The centers are open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As of Thursday, more than 2,000 people had applied for assistance through a toll-free registration number, (800) 462-9029. The number of people who had applied through the Westminster office alone was not available late Friday.

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