Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a letter to President Barack Obama Monday asking for a federal emergency declaration, as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The declaration would help Virginia's state and local governments' response, by making funding available to cover costs for emergency services and recovery efforts.
"I don't want to delay the process of getting federal Public Assistance to the local governments that need it," said Governor McDonnell in a written release. "This is a historic weather event – one we've never seen before – and we expect that there is going to be extensive debris and cost in responding to and recovering from this storm."
The request does not make federal disaster assistance available to individuals. The Governor said he would wait for damage assessments before making such a request.
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