Four West Virginia counties will receive Individual Assistance as part of the federal disaster declaration that was granted in July.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the announcement Wednesday. The decision comes after the governor's appeal to FEMA at the end of August, when the federal agency initially denied his request for individual assistance to help mountain state residents recover from the storm on June 29.
"I'm happy my appeal for FEMA to reconsider the needs of our families and businesses was well received. These federal funds will provide much needed help to West Virginians in the hardest hit areas of our state," Gov. Tomblin said. "We continue to evaluate the possibility of adding additional counties to the declaration, because we know how important this assistance is for many families throughout West Virginia."
At the time of the appeal, it was determined that more than 40% of homes destroyed were located in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh counties. Sixty percent of those homes received significant damage.
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