Hurricane Matthew disaster assistance approved for Hampton Roads’ cities

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that federal disaster assistance has been approved, for state and local governments, in areas still recovering from Hurricane Matthew.

Cities eligible for the assistance are; 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.

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