NEWPORT NEWS-- The Virginia Living Museum is turning to the City of Newport News for assistance to stay afloat.

The museum has been struggling financially since state funding was eliminated in 2000.

Two floods this year, both with $50,000 insurance deductibles, have made matters worse.

Executive director of the VLM, Page Hayhurst says the museum has spent its contingency funds and is looking for grants and other ways of reducing expenses.

Hayhurst says the additional funding needed for next year is $400,000.

There are 90 people who work at the museum, half of them are full-time.

Hayhurst says 'The museum is a valued part of the community and there are a lot of people who are going to want to see it succeed.'

Newport News City Manager Neil Morgan has appointed two city officials to discuss options with the museum.

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