President Obama has signed a disaster declaration that entitles Virginia’s state and local governments to federal funds to help recover from Tropical Storm Lee.
Earlier this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Virginia’s request for aid to help Northern Virginia homeowners recover from the flooding caused by the storm. That decision still stands.
The new declaration will make aid available to state and local governments as well as certain nonprofit organizations, helping to pay for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the September storm.
The declaration covers the city of Alexandria and Caroline, Essex, Fairfax, King and Queen, King George, Prince William and Westmoreland counties.
The aid to governments comes on top of low-interest disaster loans that the U.S. Small Business Administration is making available to individuals, renters and businesses to help them recover from the storm.
More than 100 homes and businesses were destroyed or sustained major damage. About 500 people were displaced from their homes in Prince William County. The storm also damaged roads, water and sewer pipes, pump stations, buildings and equipment.