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Va. governor seeks SBA help for Lee victims

Wednesday - 11/9/2011, 2:41pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Gov. Bob McDonnell is seeking federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners in Fairfax and Prince William counties who were affected by Tropical Storm Lee's remnants.

McDonnell said Wednesday that he submitted the request to the Small Business Administration. If the request is approved, the low-interest loans would be available for victims who sustained major damage.

Victims in adjacent localities also would be eligible to apply for the loans.

The governor says the September storm caused an estimated $15.5 million in damage, primarily in northern Virginia.

Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied McDonnell's request for help through its Individual Assistance Program.

McDonnell also is seeking federal disaster aid for local and state governments affected by the storm.

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