Governor Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for Fairfax County

photoGovernor Bob McDonnell has requested a federal disaster declaration to help individuals and families in Fairfax and Prince William counties recover from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, which brought heavy rains and flooding Sept. 8-9.

Damage assessments by FEMA, the Small Business Administration, state and local teams found more than 100 homes and business that were destroyed or sustained major damage. Approximately 500 people were displaced from their homes in Prince William County.

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

The governor requested federal aid through FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.  If approved, the Individual Assistance program makes funding available for homeowners and renters in the form of grants and low-interest loans as well as disaster housing assistance.  The governor also requested disaster unemployment assistance, legal services and crisis counseling.

If the governor’s request is approved and if sufficient damage information is collected, other localities will be added to the declaration.

In addition, Governor McDonnell requested Hazard Mitigation Assistance for all Virginia localities.  The Hazard Mitigation Assistance program helps local and state governments take actions to reduce the impact of future disasters, such as modifying or removing structures from a hazard area and conducting public education campaigns.

The Commonwealth continues to work with localities and FEMA to assess damage to public property.  The governor may request assistance for state and local governments through the Public Assistance program after damage assessments are completed and reviewed.



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