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FEMA grants disaster assistance to four counties

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Four counties – Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh -- have been granted individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA denied Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request for individual assistance to help the state recover from the Jun 29 derecho storm. Tomblin appealed the decision Aug. 28.

"I'm happy my appeal for FEMA to reconsider the needs of our families and businesses was well received," Tomblin said in a news release. "These federal funds will provide much-needed help to West Virginians in the hardest hit areas of our state."

Tomblin said in the news release that he is continuing to evaluate the possibility of adding more counties to the disaster declaration.

Of the homes in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh counties, about 60 percent had "major damage," according to information from Tomblin's office, which also found that 42 percent of the homes destroyed in the storm were located in those four counties.

Individuals and businesses in the four counties can register their assistance requests at 1-800-621-FEMA or at FEMA.gov.

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