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West Virginia Moves To Appeal FEMA Rejection Of Individual Storm Aid
Reported by: Bob Aaron
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Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Reported: Aug. 10, 2012 4:59 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 10, 2012 6:05 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is fighting a Federal Emergency Management Agency ruling that denies individual aid to victims of a series of storms that knocked out power to 680,000 people across the state.
The June 29 storm also left three people dead.
Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato said it cost power companies about $165 million to repair and clean it up, but FEMA said there was not enough uninsured damage to merit federal assistance for individual homes and businesses.
Tomblin is trying to appeal with teams of state, county and FEMA workers taking a second look now in six counties.
West Virginia's congressional delegation is backing Tomblin's call for the federal government to reconsider its denial of individual assistance.
U.S. Reps. David McKinley and Shelley Moore Capito sent letters asking FEMA on Friday to reconsider its decision.
Congressman Nick Rahall and U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller also issued statements Friday, saying they are determined to continue fighting for funds to help West Virginia families recover.
Kanawha County residents are asked to report storm damage to 304-357-0570.
Other county contact points can be obtained at www.dhsem.wv.gov.
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