FEMA REQUEST DENIED FEMA Will Not Pay For Derecho Damage For Individuals
Reported by: Mamie Buoy
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Aug. 9, 2012 8:06 PM EDT
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied requests to assist West Virginia residents who lost personal property during the June 29th storm.
The derecho left more than 680,000 people without power and the hurricane force winds and caused massive damage throughout the state.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin requested public assistance in more than 40 counties and asked that hazard mitigation funds be available to all 55 counties.
Governor Tomblin issued this statement on the decision, "I strongly disagree with FEMA's decision to deny sorely needed federal assistance to the victims of the unprecedented June 2012 derecho. I intend to appeal this decision and ask our Congressional Delegation to arrange a meeting with the FEMA leadership as soon as possible so that I can explain firsthand the devastation that I witnessed in the wake of this storm. While I hope an appeal will reverse today's federal decision, I understand there are many families struggling to recover from the significant financial impact of the storm, and I appreciate the many organizations throughout West Virginia that continue to provide assistance to them."
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