RICHMOND, Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $1 Million in Public Assistance (PA) funds to the Commonwealth of Virginia for infrastructure repair. The funds are to reimburse the Commonwealth for costs associated with the December 2009 severe winter storm and snowstorm. Reimbursements for the snowstorms in February are being processed and will be obligated at a later date.
"We’re pleased to provide these funds to help with the recovery," said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan. "The Commonwealth, local officials and FEMA PA Coordinators worked together to get the Requests for Public Assistance forms completed and filed in a timely manner. This partnership made it possible to expedite the funds to Virginia.”
Eligible applicants include the Commonwealth, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. The funds are available on a 75/25 percent cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities including emergency protective measures (Category B) snow assistance for designated localities.
“The storms caused a lot of infrastructure damage,” said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline. "They put a large strain on many of our local governments and private nonprofit organizations. The reimbursements to Virginia will make a difference in how quickly we recover."
The counties designated for Public Assistance funding are Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Buchanan, Caroline, Craig, Culpeper, Dickenson, Fairfax, Grayson, Greene, Hanover, Highland, Lee, Louisa, Madison, Montgomery, Nelson, Orange, Page, Prince William, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Tazewell and Wise, and the Independent Cities of Alexandria, Charlottesville, Covington, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Galax, Manassas, Manassas Park, Norton, Radford, Roanoke, Staunton, and Waynesboro.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.