Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 31, 2012

W.Va. appealing FEMA denial of Sandy aid

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is appealing a decision by federal emergency managers to deny individual assistance to West Virginia residents that suffered losses from Hurricane Sandy.

Tomblin’s announcement Monday involves individual Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance for residents in the counties of Fayette, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming. FEMA has granted public assistance to those counties, as well as others. That entails recovery and repair assistance to state agencies, counties, cities and towns.

Tomblin said he surveyed the damage in Sandy’s wake and he encouraged FEMA to reconsider its decision earlier this month.

The October storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow in parts of the state, left seven people dead and knocked out electricity to more than a quarter-million customers, some for two weeks.


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