Shenandoah County to get FEMA blizzard aid

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County has qualified for federal money to recoup some of the costs of cleanup from the historic January blizzard.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that Shenandoah, Greene and Henrico counties and the cities of Fairfax and Fredericksburg have been added to the list of counties and cities that can receive money for snow costs.

Twenty other counties and five cities, including Winchester, have already qualified for such assistance. Neither Harrisonburg nor Rockingham County qualified for FEMA relief.

Local governments can use the money to repair damaged infrastructure and reimburse the cost of sending first responders to incidents caused by the storm.

FEMA Communty Development Specialist Ron Roth said the agency will reimburse at least 75 percent of each locality’s storm costs. The amount of money each county or city receives depends on how much each spent.

Shenandoah County, along with much of the Eastern Seaboard, saw about two feet of snowfall during the blizzard, which struck on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23.

The county declared a state of emergency on Jan. 22 and kept its Emergency Operations Center open for 33 hours. Fire and rescue crews responded to 102 calls during the storm, including 14 vehicular accidents and 16 calls for emergency medical services.

According to the Department of Fire and Rescue, crews received no calls about snow causing structure collapses or other property damage.

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