Federal Disaster Assistance

Photo: WAMU, Jonathan Wilson

Virginia Governor Bob Mc Donnell has requested federal disaster assistance in the wake of the June Derecho.  The storm resulted in the loss of 15 lives in Virginia along with extended power outages and damage to public and private property.

Governor McDonnell praised first responders, state agencies and private partners for their focus on the health, safety and welfare of Virginians.  Bob Spieldenner of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management says the state has requested $25-million from FEMA to reimburse local and state agencies for their costs associated with responding to the emergency.

Even though the storm was devastating on many personal lives and property, the damage does not meet the criteria for personal assistance from FEMA. But Bob Spieldenner says there may still be some help out there:

The $25-million for Local and State Agency reimbursement is a request and that number could change during the process.

–Tab O’Neal

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