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Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Louisa County schools to get nearly $4 million in quake aid

Louisa County will receive nearly $4 million in federal funds to repair and rebuild schools damaged by a rare earthquake that struck in August.

Louisa County school superintendent Deborah Pettit, left, County of Louisa Green Spring District Supervisor Richard Havasy, center, and school board member Brian Huffman survey the damage to Louis County High school after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake. (Alex Welch - AP)
Louisa schools will receive $3.8 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, Sens. Jim Webb (D) and Mark Warner (D) announced Monday night in a joint news release. FEMA said in November that it would provide disaster aid to Louisa County schools, but the dollar amount was not announced at that time.

The 5.8-magntude earthquake damaged area schools, including Louisa County High School, which was described as “beyond repair” in the senators’ release.

“This federal grant announcement represents another huge step forward as Louisa County rebuilds and moves forward after the once-in-a-generation earthquake last fall,” Warner said. “The damage to school buildings caused a tremendous disruption within the community.”

FEMA initially refused to provide disaster aid to property owners and renters in Louisa, but federal officials reversed course at the urging of both senators, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and others.

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