Revere Tornado Damage May Not Qualify for Federal Aid

Police and emergency crews in Revere cleaned up after a rare tornado touched down in July of 2014.
A collapsed roof is seen with damaged automobiles at a car workshop on Herman Street in Revere, Massachusetts, July 28, 2014. Police and emergency crews in Revere, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car. –Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Officials are still working to assess all the damage sustained after a rare tornado touched down in Revere on Monday, but the initial figures indicate the city will not qualify for help from the federal government.

WCVB reported that an official from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security said the damage likely won’t be severe enough for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Based on initial assessments of the damage, Revere will likely not meet the eligibility requirements for federal help, according to Terrel Harris of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program has a threshold of $9.1 million in damages, and the FEMA Individual Assistance Program requires 100 homes to be destroyed or majorly damaged.

The EF2 tornado in Revere only damaged 65 buildings and left 13 uninhabitable, according to the report.

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