Aftershocks close Louisa school gymnasium

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - Aftershocks in Louisa County just wont stop.

The damage it's causing continues to get worse, forcing one elementary school to shut down it's gym because it's just getting too dangerous for the students.

There have been more than 100 aftershocks since last August.

Some buildings undamaged during the earthquake are now cracking from all these aftershocks.

Dr. Deborah Pettit is the superintendent of Louisa County schools. She says inspectors found new damage to the gym last week which they think was caused by the aftershocks.

"It's wearing on us," Pettit said. "The continual aftershocks rattle all of us just a little bit. You can't help but feel that way. We would like to get a break."

Students from two elementary schools are already crammed into Trevilians. Now all physical education classes will have to be taken outside.

"I see this as a minor hurdle," she said. "We're going to jump on over it and we're going to continue to move forward."

Just this week FEMA awarded roughly $22 million to Louisa County schools to help rebuild.

If you're looking for FEMA money, your deadline to apply is coming up on March 5th.

You're out of luck if you have damage from a recent aftershock.

Bob Spieldenner from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management says you can only get help if your damage is from the earthquake or one of the aftershocks before October 25th.

"This is our chance," Spieldenner said. "March 5th is the last deadline for folks to register to get that assistance. We're not going to be able to get additional assistance unless we get unfortunately another earthquake."

FEMA says more than 7,000 people have applied for help and $12 million has been given out to earthquake victims.

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