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 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.
April 15, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- Southwestern Virginia residents affected by the March flooding should exercise caution when contracting for home repairs, submitting claims, and replacing damaged items. Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta said, "It's unfortunate, but disasters often bring scam artists into the area to take advantage of the situation."
April 13, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- The social service benefits of flood disaster victims are not affected if they apply for federal disaster assistance. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials say emergency housing grants or other disaster assistance will not jeopardize their social service benefits or incur tax liabilities. Applicants also should have no concerns about confidentiality.
April 12, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- Flood victims in southwestern Virginia are being urged to complete and return their U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications, even if they don't intend to take a loan.
April 11, 2002
News Release
Richmond, VA -- People unable to work because of the severe storms and flooding that occurred in Southwest Virginia March 17-20, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.
April 8, 2002
News Release
Wise, VA -- The first checks went out to victims of southwestern Virginia's devastating floods less than one week after eight counties and the city of Norton were designated eligible for federal disaster assistance. Deputy State Coordinating Officer, Harry Colestock said, "Sixteen checks totaling $28,314 have already been issued, most for home repair costs."

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