Gov. Kaine Requests FEMA Relief to Help Pay Winter Storm Costs

Note:  It will be interesting to see if the incoming Governor withdraws this request

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Office
of the Governor

Timothy M. Kaine                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor                                               January 11, 2010

GOVERNOR KAINE REQUESTS FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR RECOVERY FROM DECEMBER’S SEVERE WINTER STORM

~ Federal funds would reimburse state and localities for expenses ~

RICHMOND —Governor Timothy M. Kaine today requested federal disaster assistance to reimburse state and local governments for costs associated with the severe winter storm that occurred December 18-20, 2009 and the ensuing power outages. The Governor has requested assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse state agencies and 40 localities for damage to public infrastructure, debris removal, related emergency services and snow removal costs.

“This was a major winter storm event and the Commonwealth incurred significant but necessary costs to keep Virginians safe,” said Governor Kaine. “Federal assistance is available for just such a situation and I hope that the federal government will respond promptly to our request.”

More than 2 feet of snow fell in parts of the Commonwealth requiring major efforts by state and local governments to maintain public safety.The Virginia State Police responded to more than 3,300 traffic crashes and more than 71,000 power outages were reported. During the storm and aftermath, an estimated 2,000 people went to shelters.

Localities in Governor Kaine’s request include the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Caroline, Clarke, Craig, Fairfax, Frederick, Grayson, Greene, Hanover, Highland, King George, Louisa, Madison, Montgomery, Nelson, Orange, Page, Prince William, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Scott, Spotsylvania and Stafford, and the cities of  Alexandria, Charlottesville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas Park, Manassas, Roanoke,  Salem, Staunton and Waynesboro.

The Governor requested reimbursement for similar costs incurred in 10 localities, however, these localities did not experience the snowfall required to qualify for snow removal reimbursement. These localities may be eligible for other forms of reimbursement, and include the counties of Buchanan, Culpeper, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Tazewell, and Wise; and the cities of Fredericksburg , Norton, and Richmond .

The governor asked FEMA to consider the storm’s impact in another 45 localities that did not meet the snowfall threshold, but nonetheless had significant snow removal costs.

Finally, the Governor requested Hazard Mitigation Assistance for all Virginia localities. The Hazard Mitigation Assistance program helps local and state governments implement measures to reduce the impact of future disasters.

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