After being denied federal money last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking for different aid to help Northern Virginians recover from the heavy rains and flooding during Tropical Storm Lee in September

McDonnell (R) requested FEMA aid to assist eight local governments,   including Fairfax and Prince William counties and Alexandia, and the state.

 “Lee brought torrential rain to areas in northern Virginia that already had been saturated by Hurricane Irene,” McDonnell said. “The storm resulted in five fatalities and caused widespread flooding, flash flooding and transportation difficulties. This federal assistance is needed to help many of our localities recover significant costs associated with response and recovery efforts.”

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 caused damage to roads, water and sewer breaks; pump stations, buildings and equipment.

The governor also asked the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to make emergency low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained major damage.