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 24, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), five at fixed sites and four moving from time to time, are operating in some of West Virginia's communities hardest hit by the recent floods and mudslides.
July 24, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginia residents who suffered losses in the recent floods may be eligible for tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS has ruled that such losses, defined as damage, destruction, or loss of property from a catastrophic event, may be deducted on the federal income tax return for the year in which the casualty occurred or by amending the return for the previous year.
July 23, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- State and federal disaster officials today advised West Virginia's flood victims that they can qualify for only a limited number of the disaster recovery assistance programs if they do not fill out the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications. "Nobody will be forced to accept an SBA loan," promised Carlos Mitchell, the federal official coordinating the West Virginia disaster recovery effort. "But the filled-in loan application helps us expedite disaster assistance to those who need and deserve it."
July 23, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginia National Guard troops will fan out through McDowell County this week to assist elderly and disabled citizens in removing flood-damaged furniture and debris from their homes. This service will be limited to flood-affected residents who are physically unable to do these tasks on their own. One team will be working in the Norwood, Northfork Hollow area on July 24 and 25. Another team will be working in Worth, McDowell, Gilliam, Crumpler and surrounding areas on these dates. The Guard will continue these efforts until the mission is completed.
July 22, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginia residents in the 22 disaster-declared counties who have had damage to their homes from recent severe storms and floods and who have applied for federal disaster assistance can expect inspectors to call. Inspectors are now in the area examining damaged property. They will verify the nature and extent of the damage inflicted by the storm. "You must apply for disaster assistance before inspectors will view your damaged property," said Carlos Mitchell, federal coordinating officer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
July 22, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginia health officials are urging people to avoid chemical burns and other injuries from products used while cleaning up from the floods that deluged 22 counties in recent weeks. "We're seeing people with skin burns from contact with cleaning supplies - primarily lime and bleach," said Henry Taylor, MD, MPH, commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. " We urge people engaged in clean up to use extreme caution when handling caustic materials."

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