RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe has asked President Obama for a federal disaster declaration so the Commonwealth can address the damage left behind by Hurricane Matthew.
The governor is requesting Individual Assistance Programs and Small Business Administration disaster loans for the 7 Cities. The loans have also been requested for Isle of Wight and York counties.
McAuliffe had said he would request FEMA aid after touring flood-ravaged Virginia Beach last week.
If the declaration is granted, Virginians would get help with disaster housing, individual housing grants, legal services and crisis counseling.
Governor McAuliffe says Hurricane Matthew left behind too much damage for the state to deal with on its own.
Meanwhile, firefighters will go door-to-door in parts of Chesapeake this weekend, including the Culpepper Landing neighborhood.
We're told they will check on people who reported storm damage. Firefighters will also hand out flyers with information on assistance, volunteer help, and debris collection.