VDEM, FEMA to review storm damage in Danville next week

Storm estimated to have caused $8.7 million in damages

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DANVILLE, Va. – Representatives from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and FEMA will meet with city officials next week and review the damage from Tropical Storm Michael that has been documented.

The assessment will be added to assessments from the rest of the state to determine if the damage is enough for the president to make a federal disaster designation.

The washed-out portion of Audubon Drive is part of the estimated $2.9 million of damage Tropical Storm Michael caused to the city's infrastructure.

Commercial and residential structures also each received an estimated $2.9 million worth of damage.

"We have five properties that have been completely destroyed, we have 19 that are considered major damage, 55 minor damage, and then 117 structures that have been affected," Danville Fire Chief David Eagle said Friday.

Eagle is coordinating the city's damage assessment effort.

He said if the president makes a federal disaster designation, there's no telling how long the city will have to wait to get money from the federal government.

"When (Hurricane) Fran came through (in 1996), it took several years," Eagle recalled. "We still have not seen any assistance from the tornado in the spring."