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President Barack Obama has approved a request for federal assistance to state and local governments in areas of Virginia recovering from Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Thursday.

Eligible areas are the cities Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Franklin, Portsmouth and Suffolk, as well as the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton.

FEMA’s public assistance program is now available to cover qualified government and nonprofit costs, including debris removal, repairs to critical infrastructure, roads, buildings and equipment, and other emergency services.

“This assistance will help ensure our local and community partners receive the appropriate funds in order to begin a path to full recovery from the severe damage incurred by Hurricane Matthew,” McAuliffe said.

Previously, FEMA approved funds for citizens and local businesses.