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 8, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- History can be a great teacher. West Virginians can prepare for future flooding with attention to a personal evacuation route and communication plan. "Learn flood-warning signs and your community's alert signals," said Louis Botta, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) federal coordinating officer. Individuals living in flash-flood areas should have several alternative routes.
May 6, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expects to approve funding for as many as two dozen contracts for right-of-way debris removal through the West Virginia Department of Highways (DOH). Along with this the West Virginia Conservation Agency has awarded contracts for debris removal for three sites to be reimbursed by FEMA. Because it is scattered on highway rights-of-way, the major portion of West Virginia's debris removal as a result of the Feb. 16 storm is being handled by DOH, a major applicant for FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program.
May 2, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - More than $5 million in Individual Assistance and Public 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. Residents of West Virginia's 24 disaster-declared counties have until May 13 to register for disaster assistance if they suffered uninsured or underinsured losses and intend to seek state and federal assistance to help their recovery.
April 29, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - As the first anniversary of the May 2, 2002 flood approaches, West Virginians look toward measures that could prevent repeated loss. More than 7,000 eligible residents in six counties received nearly $16 million in assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state after the flooding and landslides last year.
April 28, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Flood-stricken West Virginians living in high-risk flood areas, also known as special flood hazard areas, who had the foresight to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may be eligible for increased financial assistance to help cover the cost of elevating, demolishing or relocating their homes or businesses out of the floodplain.
April 28, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Residents of West Virginia?s 24 disaster-declared counties have until May 13 to register for disaster assistance if they suffered uninsured or underinsured losses and intend to seek state and federal assistance to help their recovery. To register, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY/TDD) 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired.

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