WDBJ7 Web Staff
12:07 PM EDT, July 23, 2012
Governor Bob McDonnell has requested federal assistance following the derecho storms June 29-30 that caused widespread damage and knocked out power to thousands.
Fifteen people died from storm-related injuries. At one point, around 1.3 million utility customers were without power.
McDonnell made the request late Friday for federal assistance that would reimburse local and state governments.
The request was announced Monday.
"We have determined that Virginia should meet all of the requirements for federal public assistance," McDonnell wrote in a news release. "Federal assistance is vitally important to help our localities recover significant costs associated with responding to the storms and keeping our citizens safe."
However, the governor's office says Virginia does not meet the criteria for aid to individual homeowners.
Governor McDonnell requested federal funds through FEMA's Public Assistance program for the following counties: Albemarle, Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fauquier, Floyd, Fluvanna, Frederick, Giles, Greene, Halifax, Highland, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Nelson, New Kent, Nottoway, Orange, Page, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Tazewell and Warren.
The request was also made for the the cities of Bedford, Charlottesville, Covington, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Manassas Park, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton and Winchester.
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