RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Many homeowners in Louisa have damage that measures in the tens of thousands of dollars. Damage their insurance won't pay for. FEMA was designed to fill in these gaps, but in this case people in Louisa look to be left behind.
Mineral, Virginia is a sleepy town, without tall buildings or powerful influence.
It was left with rubble and debris everywhere. It is a mess that they cannot even begin to clean up alone.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency was designed to help in moments like these. When state and local assistance can only go so far and insurance doesn't apply. In the case of Louisa County, FEMA decided the damage didn't measure up.
Senator Mark Warner disagrees, moments after the FEMA ruling came down, he tweeted:
"If damage from a once-in-a-generation, 5.8 quake doesn't qualify for FEMA aid, then I don't know what does."
Governor Bob McDonnell isn't ready to give up yet. He is appealing the decision. He did the same thing after a string of tornadoes swept through the area. The tornado appeal was denied.
The timing of the FEMA decision comes just a week before President Barack Obama is scheduled to tour Virginia by bus. He will make several stops, but Louisa is not on the list. Former Virginia Democratic Chairman Paul Goldman thinks it should be. In a recent essay he wrote:
"If the President has to cancel a visit to one of the proposed cities in order to accommodate Louisa, then these Virginians will understand."
It is an understanding, which right now is lost on many in the Commonwealth.
You can read Paul Goldman's full essay on DecisionVirginia.com.
The ways of the federal government are often hard for people to understand, but this might leave you even more perplexed.
FEMA denied assistance in a once in a generation earthquake, but back in February of 2010, Louisa County was part of a $2 million grant to restore electric lines in the wake of a snow storm.