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Four counties to receive individual FEMA assistance

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CHARLESTON -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh counties will receive Individual Assistance as part of the federal disaster declaration granted in July. This decision comes after Gov. Tomblin's appeal to FEMA on  August 28, after the federal agency initially denied his request for individual assistance to help West Virginians recover from the June 29th storm.

"I'm happy my appeal for FEMA to reconsider the needs of our families and businesses was well received. These federal funds will provide much needed help to West Virginians in the hardest hit areas of our state," Gov. Tomblin said. "We continue to evaluate the possibility of adding additional counties to the declaration, because we know how important this assistance is for many families throughout West Virginia."

It was determined at the time of the appeal, 42 percent of the destroyed homes were located in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh counties. And of these homes, 60 percent had major damage.

Individuals and businesses in Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Raleigh counties are encouraged to register their request for assistance with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or visiting www.FEMA.gov.

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