On November 4, 2011, Va. Governor Robert McDonnell’s office announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had denied the Commonwealth’s request for federal assistance to individuals affected by flooding from Tropical Storm Lee in early September. FEMA Individual Assistance provides low-interest loans and grants, unemployment assistance, disaster housing assistance, and crisis counseling to homeowners, renters, and businesses. Based on a pending recommendation by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Gov. McDonnell still had the options of appealing FEMA’s decision or applying for assistance from the Small Business Administration loan program.
Source: FEMA denies Individual Assistance for Tropical Storm Lee, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 11/4/11 (news release no longer available after the end of Gov. McDonnell’s term in January 2014).