LOUISA, Va. (AP) - Federal, state and local officials are conducting a preliminary damage assessment in Louisa County to evaluate whether residents would be eligible for federal grants and low-interest loans.
The evaluators are inspecting homes, schools and other buildings damaged Aug. 23 by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake. The epicenter was near the town of Mineral.
The assessments began Thursday and could continue until Saturday. Officials will forward a damage report to Gov. Bob McDonnell, who can request a federal disaster declaration opening the way to federal assistance.
Fire Chief Scott Keim tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the county's latest estimates show $64 million in damage to public structures, mainly schools; about $1 million to commercial property; and $13.8 million to homes -- the largest uninsured group.
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