FEMA ASSISTANCE DENIED Federal Government Denies Individual Assistance to Sandy Storm Victims
Reported by: Deborah Linz
Videographer: Wes Armstead
Web Producer: Deborah Linz
Reported: Dec. 14, 2012 3:52 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 14, 2012 4:32 PM EST
EYEWITNESS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO C L I C K T O P L A Y
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The federal government has denied assistance for residents in West Virginia hit by Super Storm Sandy. FEMA officials say after months of assessment there just wasn't enough damage to homes to warrant federal funds.
FEMA representative Frank Blake says, "The determination was made from the state's report that the severity and the scope of the damages was not sufficient to warrant federal help that state, county and local governments could take care of it."
The October storm dumped more than two feet of snow in parts of the state, left seven people dead and knocked out electricity to more than a quarter-million customers, some for two weeks. Last month President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration to help local governments and certain non-profit groups in 18 counties repair bridges, roads and other infrastructure damaged from the storm. Governor Tomblin says he will appeal FEMA's latest decision.
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