The Washington Post

Va. denied federal aid for tornado damage

The state was notified Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied a trio of appeals for federal assistance to help residents recover from 34 tornadoes that struck Virginia in April.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) appealed FEMA’s denial of the requests last month for Pulaski, Halifax and Washington counties, where storms left 10 dead, 100 injured and 212 homes damaged. He also asked that April 8-28 be considered as one period so that other localities could be added.

“The denial of assistance will definitely have an impact on those struggling to recover,’’ McDonnell said in a statement. “Despite this decision by the federal government, I know that Virginians will continue to work together to help their fellow citizens who are still in need almost two months after these storms have faded from the headlines.”

Virginia will pursue assistance from the Small Business Administration in the form of low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damage.

“I am extremely disappointed in FEMA’s denial of Virginia’s request for disaster assistance,’’ U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) said in a statement. “It is hard to explain how Virginia families and businesses do not qualify for disaster aid when that designation was granted to similar communities in other states which saw what appears to be the same level of damage from this same storm system.”


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