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FEMA approves help for Louisa schools

Gov. Bob McDonnell says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved his request for federal aid to Louisa County schools damaged in the August earthquake.

Louisa County High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School sustained serious damage and are closed indefinitely. Students are attending classes in temporary facilities.

FEMA’s approval means federal money to help with rebuilding the schools.

“This is great news for Louisa County schools and Virginia,” McDonnell said in a press release announcing the approval. “There’s a lot of work ahead before Louisa County schools will be back to normal, but the county and the school system have a good plan to ensure that all school children will receive the best possible education in the interim.”

FEMA also recently approved — after first denying it — McDonnell’s request for individual assistance for earthquake victims.