(08/10/2012)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied requests to assist West Virginia residents who lost personal property during the June 29th wind storm.

The Derecho left more than 680,000 people without power and the hurricane force winds caused massive damage across the state.

FEMA, after collecting data in 40 counties, apparently determined the losses did not cross a threshold for assistance.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had requested public assistance.

"I strongly disagree with FEMA's decision to deny sorely needed federal assistance to the victims of the unprecedented June 2012 derecho. I intend to appeal this decision and ask our Congressional Delegation to arrange a meeting with FEMA," Tomblin said.


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