FEMA denies assistance for Va. tornadoes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's request for federal disaster assistance for Virginians affected by a string of April tornadoes.

McDonnell said Saturday he is disappointed by the decision, and will consider appealing it.

He pledged state resources to assist local efforts.

The FEMA assistance was sought for the counties of Halifax, Pulaski and Washington.

Virginia was slammed by more than two dozen tornadoes in April.

They were responsible for 10 deaths and the destruction of 212 homes.

More than 1,000 homes were damaged.

McDonnell said the state was seeking to designate April 8-28 as one period so other localities could be included, such as Gloucester and Middlesex.

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