Farmers in a number of Virginia counties are still surveying the damage to their crops, farms and homesites in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which battered parts of the state on August 27. A press release from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation notes crops in a number of counties, including Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George, saw extensive damage.
The Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. noted that by August 29 the company had received 3,000 damage claims related to the storm.
Hurricane Irene was an extensive storm, the first hurricane of the season, that initially made U.S. landfall on North Carolina's Outer Banks on the morning of August 27 and moved slowly up into Virginia. By the end of the following day it had damaged many east coast and eastern states as far north as Vermont.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell noted President Obama granted a request for federal assistance to state and local governments in Virginia for recovery from Hurricane Irene. It makes FEMA's Public Assistance Program available to cover eligible government and certain nonprofit costs for damage to critical infrastructure, roads, buildings and equipment, debris removal and related emergency services.
"I want to thank FEMA for making a quick decision on our request for disaster assistance," said Governor McDonnell. "I expect to pursue additional disaster assistance once our damage assessments are complete."
The federal assistance is for governments, not for individuals.
Eligible localities for the assistance are the counties of Essex, Isle of Wight, James City, Lancaster, Middlesex, New Kent, Richmond, Southampton, Sussex, Westmoreland and York; and the cities of Chesapeake, Emporia, Hampton, Hopewell, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.
Learn more about the hurricane at the Virginia Farm Bureau website at http://vafarmbureau.org or at the Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's website at www.governor.virginia.gov.