FEMA denies disaster assistance for Accomack County

Posted at 5:27 PM, Nov 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-29 17:48:45-05

FEMA has denied a request for Individual Assistance to help property owners in Accomack County affected by Hurricane Sandy according to a press release.

“I am disappointed that residents of Accomack County will not receive the federal disaster relief they desperately need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “I personally visited the county in the days after the storm and met individually with a number of citizens who suffered severe flooding and damage from the storm. They need federal help. Unfortunately, that help has not been approved. We will continue to look for all ways by which to help our fellow Virginians in need. One means is through donations to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund, and I encourage Virginians who want to help the residents of Accomack to use the fund to get involved and help out.”

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management will make a recommendation to Governor McDonnell on whether to appeal FEMA’s denial or to apply for disaster assistance from the Small Business Administration.