W.Va. Bid Denied for Individual Aid from Storm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the federal government has denied his request for individual assistance to help homeowners hit by a June 29 windstorm.

Tomblin said Thursday night that he plans to appeal the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He also wants West Virginia's congressional delegation to arrange a meeting with FEMA leadership.

Tomblin says he wants to describe to FEMA the destruction he saw from the storm.

The June 29 storm and subsequent storms left three people dead and more than 680,000 customers without electricity across the state. Some had to wait nearly two weeks to have their power restored.

Tomblin had sought individual assistance in at least 24 counties, including grants and services for people who incurred uninsured property damage and loss.

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