RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today the awarding of funds to the county of Buchanan and the city of Danville through the state Public Assistance (PA) program. Buchanan’s project was the result of costs incurred for permanent repairs to county roads, as well as a pump station, due to flooding from the February 2018 southwest Virginia flooding event. Danville’s project was the result of costs incurred for repairs to the city-owned electric utility system due to the April 2018 tornado event.

Buchanan’s validated damages were $300,157 with a state share amount of $213,112 and local amount of $87,045. Danville’s validated damages were $303,627 with a state share amount of $221,648 and local amount of $81,979. 

VDEM State Coordinator Jeff Stern said, “Localized emergency declarations or disasters, such as tornadoes, are not likely to result in sufficient damages to warrant a presidential disaster declaration. However, the event can be devastating and the recovery phase can take years. The primary intent of the state PA program is to provide assistance to local governments for uninsured disaster-related costs, such as debris removal, following such localized disasters when federal disaster assistance is not forthcoming.”

Local governments are required to meet certain cost thresholds and demonstrate a financial hardship to be eligible for the program. Eligibility requirements follow the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance grant program. VDEM disaster grants staff validate costs for eligibility.

For additional Information on the program, please contact Lewis Campbell, VDEM State PA grant manager at (804) 897-9978.

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