FEMA Approves Federal Disaster Assistance for Louisa County Schools
RICHMOND The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Governor Bob McDonnell’s request for the Public Assistance Program to help with the cost to repair Louisa County schools that were damaged by the Aug. 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
The Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and the Louisa County High School sustained the most substantial damage and are closed indefinitely. The county has provided temporary facilities for students until the schools are repaired or rebuilt.
“This is great news for Louisa County schools and Virginia,” said Governor McDonnell. “I want to thank county and school officials for working with us and FEMA to pull together all the necessary information to make this happen. I also want to thank the President and FEMA for their quick approval of our request. There’s a lot of work ahead before Louisa County schools will be back to normal, but the county and the school system have a good plan to ensure that all school children will receive the best possible education in the interim.”
In addition to school repairs, this disaster assistance will help state and local government recover costs associated with earthquake response, such as damage to critical infrastructure, debris removal and related emergency services.
FEMA also approved individual assistance to residents in Louisa County whose homes suffered earthquake damage. Information about the declaration and how to apply is available at http://www.vaemergency.gov.