CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is appealing a decision by federal emergency managers to deny individual assistance to West Virginia residents that suffered losses from Hurricane Sandy.
Tomblin's announcement Monday involves individual Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance for residents in the counties of Fayette, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming. 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.
Tomblin said he surveyed the damage in Sandy's wake and he encouraged FEMA to reconsider its decision earlier this month.
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.
Following the summer's derecho, FEMA at first denied individual assistance to several West Virginia counties as well.
The June 29 storm and subsequent storms knocked out power to about 680,000 customers across West Virginia and left three people dead.
In his initial request to FEMA following the storm, Tomblin had requested individual assistance for 24 counties, but the agency denied his request. On appeal, FEMA approved individual assistance for Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh and Fayette counties. The agency later approved individual assistance for 16 additional counties.