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FEMA and VDEM Assess Louisa County Earthquake Damage

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Team assessing homes in Louisa County Team assessing homes in Louisa County
Team assessing damage at Louisa County High School Team assessing damage at Louisa County High School

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is in Louisa County assessing damage from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit two weeks ago.  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and earthquake experts from the west coast have joined them.  The goal is to collect information and see if Louisa County can qualify for federal disaster assistance. 

Three teams are on the ground for a couple of days.  Two are assessing homes including some on Shannon Hill Road.  One is looking at public buildings including Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Louisa County High School.

"We're seeing a lot of what's typical of an earthquake disaster but obviously not typical for this area.  I've seen brick pulled away from homes, partial collapses of foundations," said FEMA Field Operations Manager Bill Boyer.

Following the assessment, VDEM will make a recommendation to Governor Bob McDonnell about applying for the disaster relief.  This is the first step in the process.

Federal relief is not guaranteed.  The main message Wednesday for those who have damage to their home is to make the repairs as soon as possible on your own.

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