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FEMA Meets With Lynchburg City Officials


Reporter: Mark Kelly | Videographer: Brian Whitesell 

Lynchburg, VA - Federal officials say Lynchburg got whacked with the worst damage they've seen so far from the derecho.

FEMA and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management met with city officials Friday morning.

This is FEMA's first visit since the storm, and officials say they're amazed at how much Lynchburg has done.

The meeting allowed city department heads to update FEMA and share what Central Virginia's been through.

They started with a video created by the city so FEMA can see first-hand the damage.

Each city department also shared with FEMA its experience the night of the storm and the cleanup since.

FEMA says this visit to Lynchburg is a preliminary look at the damage. There is no word on the amount of money FEMA could send to Central Virginia.

Friday's meeting was just an initial briefing on the storm.

"Obviously, we were here and they weren't during the storm. So if we can tell them the story of what happened, the amount of damage. If we can get that message across, then we think we can have a convincing story," said Larry Jackson, AEP.

FEMA planned to take a tour of the devastation after Friday morning's meeting, but that got canceled.

Friday afternoon, FEMA officials are touring damage in Bedford.

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