Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision to deny his request for federal assistance to help West Virginians and their communities recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
"I was extremely disappointed with FEMA's decision to deny this much needed federal assistance to the many West Virginians struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy," Gov. Tomblin said. "In the wake of the storm, I surveyed the damage firsthand and met with many folks whose homes and businesses were destroyed. Today, I'm appealing FEMA's decision. I believe if they take a closer look at our proposal, they will see that we have families and businesses still in need of this assistance."
Gov. Tomblin's request included individual assistance for residents in Fayette, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker Uphsur, Webster, and Wyoming counties. Previously, FEMA granted public assistance for Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lewis, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, and Wyoming counties as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Federal public assistance provides ongoing recovery and repair assistance to our state agencies, counties, cities, towns, and public service districts within the designated areas.