RICHMOND, VA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $6,380,000 in Public Assistance (PA) funds to the Commonwealth of Virginia for infrastructure repair. Additional funds will be obligated as FEMA continues to process applications for costs associated with the December 2009 severe winter storm and snowstorm. Reimbursements for the snowstorms in February will be obligated at a later date.
"We’re pleased to provide these recovery funds," said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan. "The Commonwealth, local officials and FEMA PA Coordinators worked together to help applicants complete and file their Requests for Public Assistance. This partnership made it possible to obligate the funds quickly.”
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. In addition, assistance is available for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance.
“The storms caused a lot of infrastructure damage,” said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline. “The reimbursements from FEMA will go a long way in the return to normal operations for many agencies, localities and private nonprofit organizations.”
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, Fairfax, 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.