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May 17, 2002
Wise, VA -- Only two weeks remain for Southwest Virginia residents and businesses affected by the floods of March 17-20 to apply for disaster assistance. June 1 is the application deadline for residents and businesses in the counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and the city of Norton. Wythe County is eligible only for Public Assistance (roads, bridges and emergency protective measures). Those who have received U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan applications must also be return them by this deadline.
May 14, 2002
Wise, VA -- FEMA and the Commonwealth of Virginia continue recovery efforts in eight Southwest Virginia counties and the independent city of Norton that suffered floods in late March. These figures do not include totals for the recently declared disaster covering the floods and severe storms in Tazewell and Buchanan counties
May 1, 2002
Wise, VA -- Residents of the Southwest Virginia disaster declaration area have one month from today to register for federal disaster assistance. A presidential disaster declaration on April 2 designated the counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise and the city of Norton. Wythe County was later added for public assistance only.
April 30, 2002
Wise, VA -- April 30,2002 - Dickenson County has received $112,600 in combined disaster loans and grants for individuals, businesses and government agencies affected by the March rains and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the following figures on federal disaster assistance for Dickenson County, as of April 30.
April 29, 2002
Wise, VA -- It has been almost a month since President Bush declared a major disaster because of flood damage in Southwest Virginia. The localities designated in the disaster declaration are Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and the city of Norton. Wythe County was designated eligible for public assistance only. During that time, FEMA has received 1,693 applications for disaster assistance and has approved more than $2.5 million in combined assistance.
April 26, 2002
Wise, VA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free telephone number will now be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will no longer operate on Saturdays and Sundays. Residents of the Southwest Virginia declared disaster area who have not yet applied for FEMA assistance have until June 1 to call the FEMA registration number, 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired.
April 25, 2002
Wise, VA -- Just one week after public assistance was authorized for the Southwest Virginia disaster-declaration area, the first infrastructure project has been approved. A $250,000 dollar project will move damaged water lines out of the floodway in Hamlin and West Dante in Russell County.
April 22, 2002
Wise, VA -- It has been three weeks since President Bush declared a major disaster for Southwest Virginia counties. The recovery process is well underway. The following is a summary of the services provided by the state and federal government to assist disaster victims as of April 22, 2002. Included in the disaster declaration are the counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe and the independent city of Norton. Combined assistance has reached more than $2.7 million
April 19, 2002
Wise, VA -- Maintaining a flood insurance policy is one of the most effective protections against the cost of flood damage, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials. Many residents of Southwest Virginia found out in the aftermath of the March flooding that homeowner policies do not cover damage from rising waters. Steps can be taken now to protect against future flood losses. Flood insurance backed by the federal government is available to any homeowner,
April 17, 2002
Wise, VA -- More than $413,000 in Individual and Family Grants (IFG) has been approved to help victims of the March flooding in Southwest Virginia. Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta said the program provides grants to flood victims who have serious needs and disaster-related expenses that are not covered by insurance or other disaster assistance programs. The amounts of the IFG grants vary, depending on the unmet needs of applicants. IFG grants are administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services.