Massachusetts Severe Storms & Flooding (DR-1364)

Incident period: March 5, 2001 to April 16, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 10, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 20, 2001
News Release
Quincy, MA -- To further help individuals and businesses affected by storms and flooding March 5 through April 16, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), one in Woburn, Middlesex County, and one in Lawrence in Essex County. Both centers will open on Tuesday, April 24. Their addresses and hours of operation are as follows:
April 20, 2001
News Release
Quincy, MA -- State and federal disaster recovery officials are advising Massachusetts residents who have disaster-related damage to be extremely careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "In disaster situations, scam artists are often ready to take advantage of the misfortunes of others," warns Stephen J. McGrail, state coordinating officer for disaster recovery and director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
April 19, 2001
News Release
Quincy, MA -- Four more Massachusetts counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance in the wake of storms and flooding from March 5 through April 16. This addition of Bristol, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester counties on Thursday brings the number of Massachusetts counties eligible for federal aid to seven. President Bush declared Essex, Middlesex, and Norfolk counties a disaster area on April 10.
April 19, 2001
News Release
Quincy, MA -- After a flood, insurance can go a long way toward putting the pieces back together. Nobody can erase the bad memories, the trauma of the event, but insurance can help pave the way to a fresh start. Insurance can reimburse policyholders for emergency measures taken during the flood, as well as damaged personal property and repairs to covered buildings and businesses. President Bush declared three Massachusetts counties a disaster area on April 10 following storms and flooding, March 5 - April 16.
April 17, 2001
News Release
Quincy, MA -- The Disaster Field Office (DFO) for the administration of recovery operations in the Presidentially declared flooding disaster officially opened to the media, Tuesday, April 17, in Quincy, MA. Co-hosting a press conference were Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Coordinating Officer Stephen J. McGrail, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
April 16, 2001
News Release
Washington, DC -- Checks totaling more than $1 million in disaster housing grants are being distributed to victims of the recent heavy rains and flooding in Essex, Middlesex, and Norfolk counties, federal and state officials announced today. A total of $1,306,000 has been issued to 695 families as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to Federal Coordinating Officer Louis H. Botta. "Meeting housing needs for storm victims is our top priority and this is just the beginning," Botta said. "Many more applications are being processed and damage inspections are underway."

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