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

July 30, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information on how to protect your home's major systems and appliances when building or repairing a house because you may suddenly find it flooded, no matter where you live. A torrential downpour can cover a basement room with water from backed up drains. If you live in an area prone to flooding, the chances for both major and minor damage are greatly increased.
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.
July 29, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- When rains and flooding inundated West Virginia as a result of the severe storms that began on June 11, 2003, more than 19,000 families and businesses had flood insurance. Purchasing a flood insurance policy proved to be a sound investment for many as well as offering great peace of mind. West Virginians know, first-hand, that flash floods can begin and end within just a few hours, often cutting a deadly path of devastation. Also, you don't have to live near water to experience flooding. Floods can occur from heavy rains, levees breaking or sewage backup.
July 29, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- To assist individuals and businesses in West Virginia affected by the June 2003 storms, flooding and landslides, the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are opening a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Harrison County on Thursday, July 31, 2003.
July 28, 2003
News Release
Charleston, WV -- The West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold two mitigation events and offer mitigation materials to home supply stores within the diaster-affected counties. Mitigation representatives from FEMA will be on hand to explain mitigation techniques that can lessen damage to homes, businesses and property from any future flooding. Brochures will be available on the National Flood Insurance Program and written materials on mitigation techniques such as retrofitting and elevation.
July 28, 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 continued through July 15, 2003. To date, nearly $12 million in disaster assistance has been approved to help residents meet their most basic disaster-recovery needs. Recovery services summary at close of business Sunday, July 27:

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