Gov. McAuliffe asks for federal assistance for local cities

Flooding in Portsmouth caused by Hurricane Matthew.

RICHMOND (WAVY) – Governor Terry McAuliffe has requested federal disaster assistance for several Hampton Roads area cities and counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

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The Governor asked President Barack Obama Friday for Individual Assistance Programs and Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans for Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Isle of Wight and York County.

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“This storm severely impacted nine localities, causing significant damage to public and private property, essential infrastructure, agriculture, and eligible nonprofit organizations,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I have determined that the severity of destruction requires a response that is beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments and supplemental federal assistance is necessary. It is my hope that the President will approve this request and these localities and the Virginia families, businesses and nonprofits who reside in them can get resources to help with the ongoing effort to recover from this storm.”

The storm damage assessments determined more than 2,000 homes in these localities received minor to major damage from Matthew. Many of the homeowners did not have insurance, because the homes were not in flood zones.

Click here to view Governor McAuliffe’s letter requesting federal aid to President Obama.