The Washington Times - November 18, 2011, 08:54AM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved federal disaster assistance to help eight local Virginia governments and the state recover from damage caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, which brought heavy rain and flooding into the region Sept. 8-9, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced late Thursday.

“This federal disaster assistance will help many of our localities recover the significant costs associated with response and recovery efforts,” said Mr. McDonnell.


The federal Public Assistance program will help the state, as well as Caroline, Essex, Fairfax, King and Queen, King George, Prince William and Westmoreland counties and the city of Alexandria recover costs associated with response and recovery efforts, like damage to infrastructure, debris removal and emergency services.

FEMA also approved statewide use of the Hazard Mitigation program, which provides funds for projects from state and local governments to reduce disaster risks by protecting homes and businesses against damage in the future.

Mr. McDonnell’s earlier request that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) make low-interest disaster loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses in Prince William and Fairfax counties was granted Nov. 14.