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 15, 2003
News Release
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.
April 14, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- A Disaster Recovery Center is scheduled to open Monday, April 21, in Clintwood to assist people in the Dickenson County area who suffered losses in February's severe winter storms and flooding. FEMA announced the new center will open on the second floor of the Clintwood Fire Station. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
April 10, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- A third Disaster Recovery Center, this one in Wise, Wise County, is opening to assist people who suffered losses in February's severe winter storms and flooding. FEMA announced the new center will open Monday, April 14, at 5701 Industrial Park Road in Wise (in an industrial park behind the Wise K-Mart store). Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
April 9, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- Southwest Virginia residents affected by the February flooding should exercise caution when contracting for home repairs, submitting claims, and replacing damaged items. Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernandez said, "It's unfortunate, but disasters often bring scam artists into the area who will take advantage of the situation."
April 8, 2003
News Release
Q: My home was badly damaged in the February flooding. What kind of help is available? A: You may be eligible for assistance through the FEMA Individuals and Households Program (IHP). This program provides assistance for temporary housing, home repairs and other major disaster-related expenses to help you get on the road to recovery. Q: How do I apply?
April 8, 2003
News Release
Lynchburg, VA -- Disaster-affected residents who called FEMA's hotline or registered at a recovery center are receiving aid to help with emergency housing and business expenses. As of Tuesday, April 8, FEMA had sent out checks for approximately $328,900 in housing assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration had approved eight low-interest loans to homeowners for approximately $135,000. SBA had issued approximately 180 loan applications from homeowners and 16 from businesses in the nine southwestern Virginia areas declared eligible for disaster assistance.

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