FEMA OKs Quake Aid for Louisa County Schools

Schools closed indefinitely

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011  |  Updated 5:03 PM EDT
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Louisa County is getting federal assistance to repair schools damaged by the Aug. 23 earthquake and aftershocks that have followed.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved his request for assistance to repair the damage.

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Louisa County High School have been closed indefinitely because of the damage.

FEMA's Public Assistance Program also will help state and local governments pay response costs related to the 5.8-magnitude earthquake, such as debris removal and damage to critical infrastructure.

Last week, FEMA approved assistance for those whose property was damaged in the earthquake.

The agency initially denied Virginia's request for assistance for Louisa County, the earthquake's epicenter.

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