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McDonnell seeks FEMA aid for Tropical Storm Lee

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is seeking federal disaster aid for people in Fairfax and Prince William counties affected by the heavy rains and flooding from last month’s Tropical Storm Lee.

The request comes just days after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Virginia’s request for help recovering from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Aug. 23. McDonnell said last week that he would appeal that decision.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee knocked out Mattox Avenue, opening up Placid Lake into Burnt House Cove in Oak Grove, Va. (Dave Ellis/AP)

 “The heavy rain from Tropical Storm Lee caused catastrophic damage to neighborhoods and businesses in Fairfax and Prince William counties,” McDonnell said. “Federal assistance is critical in helping people who suffered significant losses.”

McDonnell has asked for a federal disaster declaration, which is needed to obtain aid through FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.  The program provides grants, low-interest loans, housing assistance, unemployment assistance, legal services and crisis counseling to homeowners and renters.

McDonnell also has requested Hazard Mitigation Assistance for the entire state. That would help local and state governments reduce the impact of future disasters by taking actions such as removing structures from hazard areas and conducting public education campaigns.  

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