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 21, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Free legal assistance is available to help residents of West Virginia's 22 disaster-declared counties deal with legal problems and questions that have arisen as a result of the state's floods. Volunteer members of the Young Lawyers Section of the West Virginia State Bar are available to answer calls and provide help at 304-558-7993, seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
July 21, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is urging residents to be very cautious when removing mold from flood-damaged homes and buildings. Mold spores are always present, but the excessive moisture left by the recent floods and the warm weather cause the spores to germinate. When present in large numbers, spores may trigger allergic reactions, asthma episodes, pulmonary infections and other respiratory problems. Nearly anyone can be affected if they breathe enough spores.
July 21, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- State and federal disaster officials announced today that more than $10 million in federal/state assistance has been approved for West Virginians in 22 counties caught in the state's series of floods reaching back to May 15 and culminating over the weekend of July 7. BACKGROUND:
July 20, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- As the huge task of removing tons of debris left behind by the recent severe storms and floods progresses, disaster officials remind residents of storm damaged areas that flood debris can be hazardous. Debris removal teams are asking that people with debris separate the waste and place it in three distinct piles at the curb to be picked up by the National Guard.
July 19, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginia residents who suffered damages to their personal or business properties in the recent floods should register for recovery assistance whether the losses were insured or not. That's the word today from state and federal officials coordinating the disaster recovery effort.
July 19, 2001
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginians who have lost their jobs or suffered a loss of income directly because of the state's floods may be eligible for special federal/state unemployment compensation. Stephen S. Kappa, director of the state Office of Emergency Services and the state official coordinating recovery efforts, listed the following conditions that may qualify applicants for the program:

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