Petersburg to ask FEMA for some help

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Clean up continues in Petersburg after a tornado hit the city.

An E-F0 tornado hit Petersburg Friday and crews have been working overtime to pick up debris left behind.

Cleaning up all that debris is expected to cost several millions of dollars.

Now the city plans to ask FEMA to help pay for part of the bill.

The National Weather Service says an E-F0 tornado carved a nearly three mile path of destruction in Petersburg.

Trees fell on about 40 homes. Nearly 300 properties were damaged.

Even though the twister left a lot of damage, only five people were hurt. They are all expected to be okay.

The city is asking everyone in the area to move storm debris to the curb so it can be removed.

The city says that's preferred over putting it in the streets.

Emergency management teams have been working overtime. They will be back in Petersburg starting Monday to look over the tornado damage.

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