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FEMA awards $19 million to rebuild Louisa High School

Louisa County High School is $19 million closer to being rebuilt.

On the six-month anniversary of the earthquake that caused severe structural damage to the high school, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Thursday awarded the money to Louisa County so that the school can be rebuilt.

“This news could not come at a better time, said Governor Bob McDonnell. “Today is the six month anniversary of the devastating earthquake, and these funds will help Louisa County take a big step on the road to recovery.”

The cost to rebuild the high school is estimated at $43 million, according to a release from McDonnell. A combination of insurance and state and local funds will pay for the remaining balance of the new school’s construction.

On Feb. 3, FEMA awarded $3.2 million to Louisa County for the rebuilding of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

In addition, FEMA has provided more than $13.1 million in disaster aid to 5,363 residents in the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Goochland, King George, Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania and the city of Fredericksburg.

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