W.Va. delegation asks FEMA to reconsider Sandy aid
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider its decision to reject individual assistance for property owners that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall joined Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in making the appeal.
FEMA decided last month to deny individual assistance to Fayette, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Uphsur, Webster and Wyoming counties.
FEMA has granted public assistance to those counties, as well as others. That entails recovery and repair assistance to state agencies, counties, cities and towns.
The October storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow in parts of the state, left seven people dead and knocked out electricity to more than a quarter-million customers, some for two weeks.