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County To Get FEMA Flood Damage Funds

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making $1 million available to help 12 Virginia cities and counties replace and repair roads and other infrastructure damaged in a severe November storm, with Halifax County included in the dozen areas. According to County Administrator George Nester, the amount Halifax County will receive remains uncertain, and county officials are waiting to receive more details on the funding the county is slated to get.

In the middle of November, the Riverdale-area of South Boston flooded after heavy rains caused the Dan River to overflow its banks.

In December, Halifax County was granted a declaration of emergency for the November flooding of the Dan River that damaged an access road and the wastewater treatment plant.

At its January board meeting, supervisors were informed the county had been designated as an area that qualifies for FEMA funding due to the November flood, and at that meeting they approved a claim of $135,000 to be submitted for refund.

According to a FEMA press release, the funds help qualifying local jurisdictions repair roads, bridges and other public property damaged in the severe storms and flooding.

The funding announced Thursday can cover up to 75 percent of the cost of a project, according to FEMA officials.