McDonnell Urges Virginians to Help

It's been three weeks since a strong storm damaged more than 1,000 homes and businesses across the state of Virginia.

The Valley experienced several tornadoes, but many parts of Virginia including Halifax, Washington and Pulaski counties had much worse damage.

Gov. Bob McDonnell had requested federal assistance earlier this month through FEMA but was denied.

On Thursday, McDonnell's office put out a statement urging citizens of Virginia to help.

He encourages both nonprofit and private organizations to help communities that were damaged.

McDonnell has pledged state resources but the lack of federal assistance has many wondering why.

Chief Robbie Simmons, with Rockingham County Fire and Rescue, says, "It really amazes me that they didn't get any type of federal assistance, and that makes it really hard on the locality and the businesses, not to get any type of assistance, especially when they have that significant amount of damage."

Simmons says, if you want to help give assistance, the safest way is to donate through reputable organizations such as churches or the American Red Cross.


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