Officials in SW Va devastated by FEMA

GLADE SPRING, Va. (AP) - Officials in an area of southwest Virginia hard hit last month by tornadoes say they are disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's request for federal disaster assistance.

FEMA denied the request Saturday, indicating the damage was not severe enough to qualify for federal assistance.

More than two dozen tornadoes hit Virginia in April, killing 10, destroying more than 200 homes and damaging more than 1,000 others.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said he may appeal the decision. Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman called the denial devastating.

The county is home to Glade Spring, where four people were killed.

Washington County Director of Emergency Management Pokey Harris told the Bristol Herald Courier that officials are taking steps to ensure the recovery process stays on track despite the denial.

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