August 10, 2010
The City of Charlottesville is one step closer to receiving approval for emergency funding to reimburse cleanup costs following the microburst storm that hit the area on Thursday, June 24.
Officials with the emergency department of the Commonwealth of Virginia are currently gathering data to present to Governor Bob McDonnell this week. The City wants a disaster grant known as the Commonwealth Emergency Relief for Localities. It covers localized weather disasters ineligible for aid from FEMA.
Officials have already finished assessing the damage the University of Virginia area suffered, and preliminary estimates will be included in the presentation to Governor McDonnell. Evaluations in early-July estimated the costs to be $200,000.
The City should know by September if they will be reimbursed for cleanup costs. Even if they do get the emergency grant, that only covers about 50 percent of the costs.