FEMA to grant disaster aid to Louisa schools

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Thursday afternoon, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the approval of Governor Bob McDonnell's request for aid, to help repair Louisa County schools damaged in the August 23 earthquake.

In a press released issued by the Governor's office, McDonnell said, "This is great news for Louisa County schools and Virginia. I want to thank county and school officials for working with us and FEMA to pull together all the necessary information to make this happen. I also want to thank the President and FEMA for their quick approval of our request. There's a lot of work ahead before Louisa County schools will be back to normal, but the county and the school system have a good plan to ensure that all school children will receive the best possible education in the interim."

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Louisa County High School are closed indefinitely because of extensive damage the magnitude 5.8 quake caused.

FEMA has already approved individual assistance to Louisa County residents.

To register, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Louisa County residents must register formally with FEMA to receive federal disaster assistance.

For additional information, visit www.vaemergency.gov.

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