FEMA Denies Virginia's Request for Lee-Related Aid

Governor requested aid after September flooding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Virginia's request for individual assistance to help northern Virginia property owners affected by Tropical Storm Lee.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office requested that FEMA make low-interest loans, grants and other forms of assistance available to homeowners, renters and businesses in Fairfax and Prince William counties that suffered damage during heavy rains and flooding Sept. 8 and 9.

“We are disappointed that FEMA has again denied assistance to Virginians,” McDonnell said. “Heavy rain and flooding caused severe damage in Fairfax and Prince William counties, and federal assistance is critical in helping people who suffered significant losses and were displaced from their homes.”

McDonnell's office said Friday that the Department of Emergency Management will recommend whether to appeal the denial or to apply for Small Business Administration loans.

If the SBA assistance is approved, federal loans would be available to repair or replace real estate and property.

McDonnell appealed after FEMA also denied Virginia's request for individual aid for people affected by the Aug. 23 earthquake centered in Louisa County.

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