The Washington Times - November 8, 2011, 05:05PM

Gov. Bob McDonnell has requested federal disaster assistance for the state and eight local governments in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee, which slammed Virginia on September 8-9.

“Lee brought torrential rain to areas in Northern Virginia that already had been saturated by Hurricane Irene,” he said. “The storm resulted in five fatalities and caused widespread flooding, flash flooding and transportation difficulties. The federal assistance is needed to help many of our localities recover significant costs associated with response and recovery efforts.”

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The governor requested help through the federal Public Assistance program for Caroline, Essex, Fairfax, King and Queen, King George, Prince William and Westmoreland counties and Alexandria to recover costs for response and recovery efforts. Mr. McDonnell also requested the Hazard Mitigation program for use statewide, which provides funding for government-sponsored projects to protect homes and businesses against future damage.

Last week, Mr. McDonnell announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had denied individual assistance to help property owners affected by the storm, but that it had approved disaster assistance for individuals and business owners for damage resulting from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia on Aug. 23 after the governor appealed its initial decision to deny the assistance.