McDonnell tours tornado-struck area one year later

April 27, 2012

Gov. Bob McDonnell will return to Southwest Virginia Friday, one year after a series of tornadoes there killed at least 10, injured more than 100 and damaged hundreds of buildings.

McDonnell (R) will spend the day in Pulaski and Washington counties, meeting with local officials and volunteers, touring streets and planting a tree. He will hold a pair of news conferences to talk about recovery efforts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency repeatedly denied the state’s request assistance to help residents recover from the 34 tornadoes. FEMA spokesmen have said Virginia’s request was turned down after an assessment that state and local governments had the capability to recover from the disaster without national help

Virginia, instead, pursued assistance from the Small Business Administration in the form of low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and business owners and created a fund for donations.

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