West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides (DR-1474)

Incident period: June 11, 2003 to July 15, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 21, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 4, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- When people think of safe rebuilding, they might picture a monstrous and costly task, such as constructing a house from the first two-by-four to the last brush of paint. Yet, there are simpler, less pricey measures they can take that can result in substantial savings when the next flood rushes through town. This lesson is what West Virginians are learning across the 19 counties approved for individual assistance under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster declaration.
August 4, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- State, federal and local officials and voluntary agencies continue to help West Virginians who were affected by the severe storms, flooding, and landslides that began on June 11, 2003 and lasted through July 15, 2003. To date, nearly $13 million in disaster assistance has been approved for residents to help meet their disaster-recovery needs. Recovery services summary at close of business Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003:
August 4, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Federal and state officials announced the closing this week of the Harrison and Logan County Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC). The centers will close at the end of the business day on the following dates: Harrison County DRC Harrison County Emergency Operation Center 420 Buckhannon Pike Nutter Fort Center Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Closing Date and Time: Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.
August 1, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Many West Virginia residents remain without flood insurance because their home or business has never been flooded. If this is your experience and you live in a low- to moderate-risk area, signing up for an inexpensive Preferred Risk Policy under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the thing to do now.
July 31, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) individuals and business owners who purchased flood insurance that was in effect before June 11, 2003 could qualify for increased financial assistance to cover the cost of rebuilding or relocating their homes or businesses.
July 30, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- Residents of Marion County who suffered losses from the severe storms, flooding, and landslides that occurred between June 11 and July 15, 2003 may be eligible for disaster assistance. Louis Botta, federal coordinating officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the assistance was approved based on a review of damages gathered by federal, state and local disaster recovery officials. "We remain committed to making sure that all qualified people get the help they need," said Botta.

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