Virginia Storms and Flooding (DR-1406)

Incident period: March 17, 2002 to March 20, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 2, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 25, 2002
News Release
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
News Release
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
News Release
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
News Release
Wise, VA -- Disaster assistance for Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise counties and the city of Norton has been expanded to include aid for local governments affected by the recent flood in Virginia, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. The previously undesignated county of Wythe was also approved for public assistance.
April 17, 2002
News Release
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.
April 16, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- The individual income tax filing deadline for residents of the Southwest Virginia flood disaster area has been extended to May 3. The extension covers taxpayers in the counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) spokesperson Gloria Wajciechowski said the extension is automatic but taxpayers should write the words: "Southwest Virginia Flood Disaster" in red ink on their tax returns.

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