Kentucky Severe Winter Storms (DR-1454)

Incident period: February 15, 2003 to February 26, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 14, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 27, 2003
News Release
Richmond, KY -- Disaster assistance has been made available in 14 additional Kentucky counties to help residents recover from the effects of the severe winter storms of February, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
March 25, 2003
News Release
Richmond, KY -- State and federal officials are advising residents of Kentucky's disaster counties to be careful when hiring contractors to clean up and repair their storm-damaged homes and businesses. "We know from experience that residents often get into disputes with repair services over the quality or cost of the work they have done, "said Gracia Szczech of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the official in charge of federal recovery operations.
March 24, 2003
News Release
Richmond, KY -- Here are some tips from officials to assure quick delivery of state and federal disaster assistance to Kentucky residents in the declared counties who suffered property losses in February's severe storms and flooding.
March 22, 2003
News Release
Richmond, KY -- Federal and state assistance approved for residents of Kentucky's 15 disaster counties has passed the million-dollar mark as the number of families registering for recovery aid reached 1,300. Assistance for housing and essential needs of those who suffered losses in the severe winter storms of February totaled $1.16 million Saturday, eight days after the declaration was issued by President Bush.
March 21, 2003
News Release
Richmond, KY -- Kentuckians who have registered for federal and state disaster assistance can expect to have their damaged property inspected to verify losses, according to Gracia B. Szczech, disaster recovery manager with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "The inspections assess the amount of damage experienced by an applicant and determine their eligibility, which allows us to serve them in the quickest and most efficient way possible," said Szczech. To date, inspectors have completed 203 inspections in the 15 counties declared for individual assistance.
March 19, 2003
News Release
Richmond, KY -- Individual Kentucky taxpayers who sustained casualty losses as a result of the Feb.15-26 severe winter storms may be able to get tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), tax officials said today. To be eligible, taxpayers must live in one of the disaster-declared counties and have sustained losses as a direct result of the storms. The counties are Breathitt, Carter, Clark, Fayette, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Martin, Owsley, Perry and Pike.

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