Federal aid coming to Virginia after late June storms.

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jul 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-27 13:17:45-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Virginia will receive federal aid in order to help recovery efforts after severe “derecho” storms passed across the commonwealth in late June and early July.

Today President Obama declared parts of Virginia a major disaster area. Federal funds will now go to the state government and eligible local governments. Some private nonprofit organizations will be allowed to claim funding as well.

In all, 47 counties and 15 cities will be able to use federal money for emergency work and the repair or replacement of buildings damaged by the storms.

Eligible local governments in the Metro-Richmond area include Dinwiddie, Louisa, Powhatan, and New Kent.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also said that additional funding and designations could be made available after requests and further damage is reviewed.