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Federal assistance for Virginia governments impacted by Hurricane Matthew

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Staff Writer | November 17, 2016
President Barack Obama has granted a request for federal disaster assistance to state and local governments in areas of Virginia recovering from Hurricane Matthew.
Hurricane Matthew
Natural disaster   Matthew hit on October 7
Localities eligible for Public Assistance (PA) are the cities of Franklin, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton.

Hurricane Matthew hit on October 7, 2016 and a federal major disaster was declared on November 2, 2016. More than 11 inches of rain fell across southeastern Virginia in a 24 hour period and peak wind gusts reached 78 mph.

After conferring with VDEM officials and personally surveying the damage from the storm, Governor McAuliffe requested federal aid.

The declaration makes FEMA’s Public Assistance program available to cover eligible government and certain nonprofit costs.

This program provides federal funds for debris removal, repairs to critical infrastructure, roads, buildings and equipment, and related emergency services.

The PA program is different from Individual Assistance (IA), which provides direct financial aid to citizens and businesses.

State and federal officials will continue to work with local governments over the coming months until all repairs and eligible projects have been completed.