FEMA denies Virginia federal disaster assistance

FEMA has denied Virgin’a request for disaster assistance money for the damages caused by the 29 tornadoes that touched down in April.

FEMA has denied Virgina’s request for disaster assistance money for the damages caused by the 29 tornadoes that touched down in April.

You can read our recaps of the damage here as well as some of the first hand accounts here.

The Governor’s release follows.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Virginia’s request for federal disaster assistance for those affected by the April tornadoes.

Governor Bob McDonnell requested federal disaster assistance for the counties of Halifax, Pulaski and Washington. Also, the governor requested FEMA include April 8-28 as one incident period so other localities, such as Gloucester and Middlesex, could be added later.

Virginia was struck by 29 tornadoes in April, killing ten and destroying an estimated 212 homes and damaging 1,050.

“We are very disappointed that FEMA did not grant disaster assistance for Virginians still working to recover from the tornadoes,” said Governor McDonnell. “We are examining the possibility of appealing the decision, but in the mean time, state resources will continue to support the efforts of local governments and volunteer organizations that are helping our citizens recover.

“I want to thank local elected officials, state legislators and especially our congressional members for their strong, unwavering, bipartisan support of our request,” he added.

In addition, FEMA denied Virginia’s request for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides funds for government projects that help reduce disaster risks by protecting homes and businesses against future damage.

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  1. There was some serious damage here, but the damage here was far, far overshadowed by the damage and total devastation down south, plus they also have record flooding to deal with. I think they need it more down there.

  2. Scott Burger on said:

    The government has this country fighting three foreign wars.

    Want more money for home? Bring the troops home.

  3. SEW on said:

    #2 and stop passing it out like candy to all the other countries! We should clean up our own house before we start taking care of other’s!

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