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Stafford County now eligible for storm aid from FEMA
RICHMOND (AP) — Stafford County has been added to the list of area localities now eligible for federal disaster aid to help pay costs stemming from severe storms in late June.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency this week announced that Franklin, Montgomery, Smyth and Stafford counties, and the cities of Buena Vista, Falls Church and Harrisonburg have been added to the state’s disaster declaration.
FEMA said the additions are due to new damage assessments conducted in the localities last week.
Local governments can apply for public assistance grants to help pay for repairs to public infrastructure, emergency protective measures taken during the storms and debris removal from public roads.
A total 51 counties and 18 cities are now eligible for public assistance grants.
Those announced earlier include the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Carroll, Charlotte, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fauquier, Floyd, Fluvanna, Frederick, Giles, Greene, Halifax, Highland, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Nelson, New Kent, Nottoway, Orange, Page, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Tazewell, and Warren and the independent cities of Bedford, Charlottesville, Covington, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Manassas Park, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton, and Winchester.