Louisa residents happy about FEMA's approval

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - The news of FEMA's help was a great start to a home game at Louisa County High School.

"Relieved! I'm so happy these people are going to get the help they need and the schools. I'm ecstatic, I think we all are," said Louisa resident, Dianna Harris.

"It's very good for our community for this appeal to finally go through. We were obviously disappointed with the initial answer so this is great news for the community," said Assistant Principal of Louisa County High School, Lee Downey.

Since the original request for FEMA's help was made September 20th, Governor McDonnell said more extensive damage was found than what was originally reported.

"It was a real let down when we found out they've been denied but the community has pulled together to help everybody they can so I think the community has done an outstanding job," said Harris.

The governor said some damage that was first categorized as minor had become worse as a result of more than 40 aftershocks. McDonnell says that argument helped. Louisa residents agree.

"Some homes were condemned, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage, so this will give them a ray of hope and something to look forward to and build on from here," said Downey.

"I think it's wonderful, I didn't receive any damage at my house but so many people did and they really need the help," said Louisa resident, Debbie Keller.

The help will come in the form of low interest loans, grants, and housing assistance.

NBC12 was the only station to catch up with Governor McDonnell just moments after the FEMA ruling was revealed. Our uncut interview with him can be found on DecisionVirginia.com.

Individuals and families in need of earthquake recovery aid can register immediately by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) Monday –Friday from 6 a.m. –  midnight Central time, 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. Eastern time, and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Eastern time. People also can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.  Those with smart phones or other mobile devices also can register at m.fema.gov.

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