FEMA opening a Recovery Center in Louisa

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - After an appeal for government assistance, people affected by the earthquake in Louisa County can now get some help.

The agency is setting up shop Wednesday to help people get the assistance they need.

It's always a little more comforting to get help face to face.

So FEMA is opening a disaster center in Louisa County.

FEMA originally denied assistance to the county, but Governor Bob McDonnell appealed.

He says original damage estimates of $9 million have ballooned to $22 million, instead of 400 damaged homes, there are now 14-hundred.

Last week, FEMA granted the appeal.

Federal and state leaders will be at the recovery center to help neighbors and business owners apply for federal aid.

The center will be at Triangle Plaza, which is at 502 East Main Street in Louisa.

It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and one to six on Sundays.

It's recommended that you register before visiting the center.

You can do that by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.

FEMA leaders say you must have damage between August 23rd and October 25th.

Anything else will be reviewed case by case.

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