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May 1, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- Applicant briefings for town and city officials, state agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations in Lee, Pulaski and Roanoke counties will be held next week, officials said. "In the wake of the February storms and flooding, these briefings will explain the application process that community and state officials will follow to receive disaster assistance for emergency and permanent repair work to infrastructure," said Tom Costello, the federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
May 1, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- More than two months ago, severe winter storms swept across the state, producing floods and leaving many Virginians in need of disaster assistance. Responding to a request from Gov. Mark Warner, state and federal assistance administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency became available to 39 storm-affected counties and cities. As of May 1:
April 30, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- Individuals from three additional localities who lost work because of the severe storms and flooding in Southwest Virginia Feb.15-28 may now be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA). Self-employed and unemployed workers in Lee, Pulaski and Roanoke counties who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may qualify for benefits for work time lost due to the storms and flooding.
April 30, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- State and federal disaster officials are advising applicants who suffered losses in February's severe winter storms and flooding to return the completed U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) applications as soon as possible. "Nobody will be forced to accept an SBA loan," said Tom Costello, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. "However, they may not qualify for further assistance until the applications are returned."
April 28, 2003
Disaster Federal Register Notice
April 28, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- FEMA has made additional federal and state disaster assistance available to 25 Virginia localities. This assistance will help residents, businesses and local governments recover from the February severe storms and floods. Lee, Pulaski and Roanoke counties have been designated for aid to individuals and businesses with damage from the storms. This assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs, other serious disaster-related expenses and U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans.
April 24, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- State and federal disaster officials have approved more than $1.1 million in assistance for Virginia residents and businesses to help them recover from the February winter storms and floods. As of April 23, more than 1,000 Virginia residents had registered for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). The TTY number for the speech- or hearing-impaired is 1-800-462-7585. FEMA continues to accept registrations. The aid includes:
April 23, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- When a disaster like February's floods in Southwest Virginia occurs, insurance proves its value - but it may not cover or apply to all disaster-related expenses. If you live in a declared area and the storms and floods did more damage to your personal or business property than your insurance will cover, or if you had no insurance at all, don't panic. You may be eligible for a variety of state and federal disaster aid programs.
April 23, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- Virginia residents in disaster-declared localities whose wells or septic systems were damaged as a result of the February severe storms and floods, may be eligible for financial assistance from FEMA to complete necessary repairs. Homeowners in declared areas may be eligible for grant funding to pump septic tanks, perform required repairs or replace the system as needed. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for the home also may be repaired or decontaminated.
April 21, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- The federal-state Disaster Recovery Centers in Southwest Virginia will close on Saturday, April 26 after a final week of assisting applicants for recovery aid. The four centers - in Salem, Grundy and Wise, and the latest in Clintwood - have been visited by more than 270 residents who suffered losses as a result of February's severe winter storms and flooding.

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