FEMA grants earthquake aid to Louisa County schools

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Virginia’s request for aid to repair Louisa County schools damaged by the Aug. 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Louisa County High School sustained the most damage and are closed indefinitely with students attending classes in temporary facilities.

 “This is great news for Louisa County schools and Virginia,” Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) said in a news release Thursday. “There’s a lot of work ahead before Louisa County schools will be back to normal, but the county and the school system have a good plan to ensure that all school children will receive the best possible education in the interim.”

 The aid will also help state and local governments recover costs associated with earthquake response, such as damage to infrastructure, debris removal and related emergency services.

In early October, FEMA turned down Virginia’s request for funds to help property owners and renters in Louisa. Federal officials reversed course Friday and approved Virginia’s request.

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