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
Lynchburg, VA -- Hours of operation for FEMA's Disaster Recovery Centers are changing. Beginning April 17, the centers will operate six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The toll-free teleregistration number -- 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) -- will not be in operation during the Easter weekend, April 19-20. Teleregistrations will be accepted Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those with hearing or speech impairments can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. The disaster recovery centers locations are:
April 14, 2003
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
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
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
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
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.