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Virginia Severe Winter Storm, Snowfall, Heavy Rain, Flooding, and Mudslides (DR-1458)

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Incident period: February 15, 2003 to February 28, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 27, 2003


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:

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).

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.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 849 $2,242,480.28 $1,213,932.96 $1,028,547.32
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 02:15 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $13,709,082.34 $9,032,940.40 $4,639,768.12
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 08:24 (Updated daily)

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