West Virginia Severe Winter Storms (DR-1455)

Incident period: February 16, 2003 to March 28, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 14, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 12, 2003
News Release
Philippi, WV -- Citizens in the City of Philippi, Barbour County, will get a 10 percent discount on most National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies. Philippi residents are eligible for these savings thanks to the voluntary efforts undertaken by community officials to exceed the minimum standards of the NFIP. This discount will be applied to eligible new or renewed policies after May 1, 2003.
June 11, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- The figures are remarkable. In the last quarter-century, more than 17,000 West Virginians with flood insurance have received more than $1.6 billion in loss payments. In the last fiscal year alone, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid out 595 claims to state policyholders to the tune of $5.5 million. And now, water-logged state residents with and without flood insurance are faced with an enormous new set of rebuilding and repairing costs after the double-deluge of torrential rainfall, and snow and ice associated with the winter storms.
June 10, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- More than $11.4 million dollars is being processed for payment to eligible applicants to reimburse costs of Public Assistance (PA) and provide Individual Assistance (IA) to West Virginians as a result of the Feb. 16 storm according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) officials. Financial assistance in the amount of $6,519,037 has been obligated to repair or replace disaster-damaged public facilities through FEMA's PA program.
June 9, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Since the floods of 2001 and 2002 nearly $16 million has flowed into West Virginia communities as a part of a state and federal mitigation program. Under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) have bought out 329 properties in flood prone areas. "Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management," said Louis Botta, FEMA federal coordinating officer. "It's the ongoing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people and property."
June 4, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- More than $750,000 has been released for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance reimbursement to the 20 West Virginia counties declared for the record and near-record snowfall that began Feb. 16. Additional grants are still in review.
June 3, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- With the memory of the May 2002 flood and the 12 federally declared disasters in the state since 1996, West Virginians seek ways to protect families and keep property losses to a minimum. "Nobody can stop a flood," said Louis Botta, Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) federal coordinating officer. "But if you are faced with one, there are actions you can take to protect your family and keep your property losses to a minimum."


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