West Virginia Severe Storms & Flooding (DR-1378)

Incident period: May 15, 2001 to September 4, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 3, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 30, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginia residents who have suffered losses in the floods and mudslides dating back to May have more time to apply for federal/state disaster recovery assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today advised state officials that it had granted the state request to extend the registration period from Aug. 2 to Sept.8.
July 27, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- In the nearly eight weeks since the federally declared disaster for severe storms, floods and mud slides, more than $17 million in federal and state disaster assistance has been approved to help West Virginia residents, businesses and local governments with recovery.
July 26, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Crisis counseling is available to help West Virginia residents rebound from the state's floods and mudslides. State and federal disaster recovery officials said the program, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, is still available to residents of the 22 counties that have been declared disaster areas.
July 26, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- The calamitous floods and mudslides that struck West Virginia recently destroyed many homes and left hundreds of others unlivable--damaged beyond repair. State and federal agencies are moving rapidly to get residents out of flood-prone areas and protect them from future tragedy. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal, acting under state statutory authority created for emergencies, has condemned over 430 houses. The hard-hit counties of McDowell and Wyoming account for nearly 90 percent of these condemnations.
July 25, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- As cleanup continues in the aftermath of the severe storms and floods that deluged 22 West Virginia counties, state and federal officials urge disaster victims to take measures to prevent the damage from happening again. Since June 3, more than 9000 persons in the 22 counties have applied for some form of disaster aid from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Victims, still cleaning up, are asking: "How can I keep this from happening again?"
July 25, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services are working to identify the small percentage of disaster assistance applicants who try to cash in on the misfortune of others. "Managing a multi-million dollar disaster program always means walking a fine line between bringing speedy service to those who need it and ensuring that taxpayers' dollars are not misused," said Stephen S. Kappa, disaster recovery coordinator for the state.

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