Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) said Monday he has requested federal disaster aid to reimburse local and state governments for the costs associated with responding to the storms that affected Virginia three weeks ago.
Fifteen people died in Virginia. Millions of others suffered property damage or lost power for extended periods of time during a record heat wave.
“The historic derecho storm and the follow-up thunderstorms required extraordinary response and recovery efforts at the local and state levels,” McDonnell said in a statement. “We have determined that Virginia should meet all of the requirements for federal public assistance. Federal assistance is vitally important to help our localities recover significant costs associated with responding to the storms and keeping our citizens safe.”
McDonnell requested funds through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which may cover the costs of emergency crews; cooling centers and shelters; debris removal; repairs to publicly-owned property such as roads, water and sewer systems and damage to electrical systems.
The request is not for the federal individual assistance program, which provides aid to individuals and families with uninsured losses, because most private property that was damaged was insured.
The governor also requested hazard mitigation assistance, which helps local and state governments implement measures designed to reduce the impact of future disasters.
Among the public facilities affected by the storms were communication systems, waterworks, transportation systems, medical and health facilities and electric utilities.
Forty-seven jurisdictions declared local emergencies.