Falls Church gets federal aid for storm damage

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Local,Virginia,Taylor Holland

Falls Church will receive federal financial help dealing with the fallout of this summer's intense derecho storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced.

The city incurred $300,000 in storm-related expenses and applied for federal assistance to offset part of those costs, Tom Polera, the city's fire marshal and emergency manager, said.

It's not clear how much the city will receive. And it will be 12 to 18 months before the money arrives, but Polera said the money would be placed in the city's general fund budget.

"The city's response to the no-notice storm was a multi-day, multi-departmental effort with staff ready to do anything to get the city back to normal," Polera said. "It was an extraordinary effort for a large-impact event not seen here since Hurricane Isabel in 2003."

tholland@washingtonexaminer.com

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