Virginia will receive another $1.8 million from the federal government for distribution repair damages caused by Tropical Storm Michael last year. Another $600,000 worth of these repairs will come from non-federal sources.
The money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is funded through the Public Assistance Fund. It is designed to reimburse communities for costs associated with their immediate response to the storm and the recovery from the disaster.
Funds will be provided directly to the state and Virginia will be required to disperse them to the proper sub-recipient, which is he the Southside Electric Cooperative.
Prior to this announcement, FEMA had already allocated more than $5.7 million for Virginia to repair damages from Tropical Storm Michael.
The storm hit Virginia in October and President Donald Trump approved Virginia’s request for a disaster designation in late December.
“Tropical Storm Michael severely impacted dozens of localities, causing damage from rains, flooding, and high winds and spawning seven tornadoes that killed seven Virginians, including one first responder,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said in a news release at that time. “It is clear the serious nature of these effects require additional federal assistance and I thank the President for approving my request so Virginia communities, families, and businesses can get the resources they need to help with ongoing recovery efforts from this storm.”
Two cities and more than two dozen counties were approved for relief.