McDonnell Asks Residents, Businesses to Help Tornado-Ravaged Areas

Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking Virginia residents and the private sector to help communities ravaged by an outbreak of tornadoes.

More than two dozen tornadoes hit Virginia in April. The storms killed ten people and destroyed more than 200 homes.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for disaster assistance for Halifax, Pulaski and Washington counties and other localities.

McDonnell said Thursday in a news release that he has pledged state resources to help communities recover. But he says help provided by faith-based organizations, private businesses, nonprofits and residents has the largest impact.

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