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BREAKING NEWS: Disaster aid OK'd
Declaration includes Martinsville
Friday, July 27, 2012
President Barack Obama today declared a major disaster exists in Virginia and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and straight-line winds June 29 to July 1.
Martinsville is among the localities eligible for assistance, according to a news release from the White House.
The federal funds are available to commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and straight-line winds.
The declaration covers counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fauquier, Floyd, Fluvanna, Frederick, Giles, Greene, Halifax, Highland, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Nelson, New Kent, Nottoway, Orange, Page, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Tazewell and Warren.
It also covers the independent cities of Bedford, Charlottesville, Covington, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Manassas Park, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton and Winchester.
Federal funding also is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and independent cities in Virginia.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.