WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Virginia to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene during the period of August 26-28, 2011.
Federal funding is 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 Hurricane Irene in the counties of Essex, Isle of Wight, James City, Lancaster, Middlesex, New Kent, Richmond, Southampton, Sussex, Westmoreland, and York and the independent cities of Chesapeake, Emporia, Hampton, Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties independent cities in the commonwealth.
Donald L. Keldsen has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area. Keldsen said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.
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