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People who haven’t been able to work because of Hurricane Matthew damage may be eligible for unemployment assistance, the state’s employment commission announced Tuesday.

The disaster areas included are the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News and Chesapeake.

Unemployed and self-employed residents that live or work in the designated cities may be eligible for up to $378 per week until they can return to work.

This assistance covers those who:

  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance from any state.
  • Can’t work because their place of employment is out of operation because of flood damage.
  • Can’t travel because of flood damage.
  • Are self-employed but can’t work because of flood damage.
  • Can prove that the work or self-employment they can’t perform was their primary source of income.
  • Have become the major support of a household because the head of household died because of the storm.
  • Were injured in the storm.

Anyone interested in filing must call the Virginia Employment Commission at 1-866-832-2363 on or before the filing deadline of Dec. 8.

For more information, call Deborah Thacker at the VEC at 804-786-1883 or FEMA at 800-621-3362/800-462-7585.