FEMA denies state federal assistance

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The state is not going to get any help dealing with the destruction tornados left behind — FEMA denied the state's request for federal disaster assistance.

People are saying they are shocked and disappointed by the decision.

Many are living in houses with blue tarps covering the roofs. Others are staying in hotels.

The state requested help for Halifax, Pulaski and Washington counties, but FEMA says the damage was not severe enough.

More than two dozen tornadoes hit Virginia last month.

County leaders say they are taking steps to make sure the recovery process stays on track.

Governor Bob McDonnell, who has seen the damage first hand, says he may appeal the decision.

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If the appeal is denied, then the counties can apply for loans through the small business administration.

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