Virginia Severe Winter Storm, Snowfall, Heavy Rain, Flooding, and Mudslides (DR-1458)
Incident period: February 15, 2003 to February 28, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 27, 2003
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
April 23, 2003
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
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
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.
April 17, 2003
Lynchburg, VA -- A total of $836,000 in federal and state disaster assistance has been approved, to help Virginia residents and businesses with recovery, in the three weeks since the disaster for severe winter storms and floods was declared. As of April 17, more than 900 Virginia residents have registered for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-3362. The TTY number for speech or hearing impaired is 1-800-462-7585.
April 16, 2003
Lynchburg, VA -- FEMA inspectors are visiting Virginia residences damaged in the February severe storms and floods to evaluate the nature and extent of the damage inflicted. "You must apply for disaster assistance before inspectors will view your damaged property," said Justo Hernandez, federal coordinating officer with FEMA. "You can apply by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-3362. Persons who are hearing or speech impaired may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585."
April 15, 2003
Lynchburg, VA -- Individuals who may have lost work because of the severe storms and flooding in Southwest Virginia Feb.15-28 may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Self-employed and unemployed workers who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may be eligible for assistance under the disaster declaration made by President Bush on March 27. Under this program, benefits may be paid to eligible individuals for work time lost due to the storms and flooding.