Lawmakers examine recovery efforts

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In the day ahead, lawmakers will take a closer at the damage left behind from the deadly tornadoes, floods and storms this spring.

Legislators will be focusing on recovery efforts. It could mean more dollars in future times of need.

Virginia didn't get federal help after the April twisters.

Members of a senate subcommittee will hold a hearing in the day ahead to examine response and recovery efforts across all levels of governments.

Legislators will also focus on rebuilding projects and look at the damage to local and state economies.

In Virginia, communities in Gloucester and southwest Virginia are still recovering from a number of deadly tornadoes.

Last month — after no help from FEMA — Governor McDonnell announced that the small business administration would be offering loans to people in 12 counties affected by the twisters.

In Deltaville, the damage didn't meet FEMA's threshold, so insurance is paying for most of the damage. That's actually one of the roadblocks to federal dollars.

State emergency leaders say, by law, FEMA can't duplicate other assistance, so if you have homeowner's insurance, the agency can't provide extra money.

That's likely to be one of many things lawmakers will discuss in the day ahead.

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