UPDATE 8/14: FEMA Denies Fairfax Flood Aid
From Saturday's Metro section:
FEMA Again Denies Aid
Virginia officials announced yesterday that the state has lost its appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood aid to 13 communities that suffered storm damage in late June.
Without explanation, FEMA denied Virginia's appeal of the agency's decision last month turning down emergency aid the state had requested for the communities, including Fairfax and Arlington counties and the city of Alexandria.
The state had hoped FEMA would grant low-interest loans, cash grants, unemployment assistance and temporary housing to residents whose homes were flooded, including 150 in the Huntington neighborhood of Fairfax that suffered severe damage.
Local officials and members of Virginia's congressional delegation were furious that the aid was denied, and they wrote letters to FEMA in protest as Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) announced the appeal last week.
Yesterday, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), whose district includes Arlington and parts of Fairfax, called the federal agency hardhearted.
"There are people [in these neighborhoods] living on the edge financially, and these storms pushed them over the edge," Moran said. "They deserved help. Their homes were ruined. It's par for the course at FEMA."
A FEMA official overseeing Virginia's application for aid infuriated Moran and local leaders when he said that Fairfax was affluent and should help the homeowners get back on their feet. A spokesman for FEMA later said the official misspoke.
-- Lisa Rein
Originally posted 7/28
From today's Metro section:
The heavy rains and flooding last month caused about $2.2 million in damage to Fairfax County government property, officials said.
County parks sustained most of the damage. Bridges, trails and playgrounds were wrecked, stream beds eroded and ballfields washed out, County Executive Anthony H. Griffin said in a memo to the Board of Supervisors. The most significant loss from the storms June 25 and 26 was a pumping station at Colvin Run Mill Park, which will cost about $500,000 to replace.
Many of the losses are covered by insurance, Griffin said.
-- Bill Turque
August 14, 2006; 10:35 AM ET
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