(09/12/2012)
More than $1 million is coming to West Virginia from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The public assistance will help state and local governments pay for expenses incurred as a result of the early summer derecho, according to a news release from FEMA.

The money will be used to cover costs related to removing debris, implement emergency protective measures and the repair public facilities damaged by the windstorm on June 29.

Non-profit organizations such as volunteer fire departments are also eligible for assistance.

As part of the federal disaster declaration, 47 West Virginia counties became eligible for public assistance.

So far, FEMA has approved more than 100 projects according to the news release.

"FEMA's Public Assistance dollars come to the community through a partnership of cost sharing between the state and the federal government," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont in the news release. "FEMA picks up 75 percent of the eligible cost of putting a community back on its feet."

Sept. 21 is the deadline to apply for federal aid to repair or replace public buildings and infrastructure damaged by the windstorm.


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