Va. requests more federal disaster aid for Hampton Roads communities

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) asked federal officials Friday for more assistance for five Hampton Roads communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern submitted new information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on behalf of Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Isle of Wight and York County.

“The Commonwealth is still actively recovering from Hurricane Matthew, and Virginians in the Hampton Roads areas need more help to get back on their feet and back to their livelihoods,” Stern said. “We are working around the clock to foster and support this recovery and are asking the federal government for additional aid.”

On October 20, Governor Terry McAuliffe initially requested a federal disaster declaration and individual aid for residents for these and four other localities.

Four Hampton Roads cities qualify for FEMA relief

McAuliffe’s request included information gathered during preliminary damage assessments that were conducted in early October by FEMA, VDEM, local governments and the Small Business Administration. Stern’s request contains new information on damages that have since been reported by local homeowners.

FEMA previously approved the disaster declaration request and federal financial assistance for Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Disaster recovery centers open in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va. Beach

Stern also requested public assistance aid on Nov. 2 for eight localities that suffered significant damage to public infrastructure during Hurricane Matthew, including Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, as well as Isle of Wight and Southampton counties. If granted, public assistance reimburses local and state governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair or replacement of buildings and facilities damaged in a disaster.