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

May 30, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- More than $4.6 million in Individual Assistance has been approved for West Virginians as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia Office of Emergency Services officials continue response and recovery efforts for those affected by the severe winter storms of Feb. 16.
May 27, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- West Virginians took great care to limit legal gambling to a few very specific locations a few years ago. But every year, hundreds of thousands of residents throughout the state are taking a much more costly bet that they won't be hit by floods. It's a poor wager that many of them are going to lose according to state and federal recovery officials overseeing recovery operations following the federally declared flood disasters in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
May 23, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Nearly $4.5 million in Individual Assistance has been approved for West Virginians as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia Office of Emergency Services officials continue response and recovery efforts for those affected by the severe winter storms of Feb. 16.
May 21, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- More than $10 million has been approved for release to individuals and the state as well as counties and municipalities to help West Virginians recover from the mid-February storms, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) officials. Disaster recovery funds include the following: Housing Assistance (HA),$3,564,192; Other Needs Assistance (ONA), $507,606; and Public Assistance (PA), including snow removal reimbursement, $6,109,857.
May 20, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Federal, state and local governments do all they can to reduce flood hazards that can cost lives as well as billions of dollars in damages and losses to residential and business property. They build levees, dams, dikes, floodwalls and berms, dredge channels, clear waterways, remove debris and provide incentives to elevate, relocate or even acquire and demolish structures that suffer recurring damage.
May 19, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- "Public Assistance (PA) helps to strengthen communities that do not have the means or resources to bounce back quickly from a natural disaster," according to Stephen Kappa, state coordinating officer. "It reimburses local governments for costs they've had to expend because of a disaster and it allows them to plan for rebuilding with prevention in mind."

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