FEMA Denies Virginia's Request for Aid

Saturday, May 7, 2011  |  Updated 1:29 PM EDT
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Jo Ann Hill, Linda Parks and Savanna Reynolds, 8, from left, look through Hill's appartment near I-81 that was destroyed by a tornado Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Glade Spring, Va. Several homes and trucks stops along I-81 were severly damaged. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's request for federal disaster assistance for Virginians affected by a string of deadly and destructive April tornadoes, Gov. Bob McDonnell said Saturday.

"We are examining the possibility of appealing the decision, but in the meantime state resources will continue to support the efforts of local governments and volunteer organizations that are helping our citizens recover,'' he said in a statement.

The FEMA assistance was sought for the counties of Halifax, Pulaski and Washington.

Virginia was slammed by more than two dozen tornadoes in April. They were responsible for 10 deaths and the destruction of 212 homes. More than 1,000 homes were damaged.

McDonnell said the state was seeking to designate April 8-28 as one reporting period so other localities could be included, such as Gloucester and Middlesex.

FEMA also denied Virginia's request to provide funds for government projects that help reduce disaster risks by protecting homes and businesses against future damage, McDonnell said.

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