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Governor asks FEMA for Louisa school help

Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for costs of repairs to two Louisa County schools damaged by the Aug. 23 earthquake.

According to a release from McDonnell’s office, damage to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Louisa County High School is estimated at about $31 million. Both schools have been closed, and students are going to school in temporary facilities.

McDonnell said that while the extent of insurance coverage hasn’t been finalized, the damage is expected to be more expensive than the insurance will cover.

His application for public assistance would help pay the government’s costs for earthquake damage.

It is not related to McDonnell’s application to FEMA for individual assistance, for private property damaged in the earthquake. FEMA has denied that application, and McDonnell said he will appeal that decision this week.