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 -- A sudden storm can cause serious damage to property and possessions, but the homeowner who takes steps to retrofit his or her home in anticipation of the unexpected comes out ahead. Retrofitting is modifying your home to protect against flood damages. Have you taken this precaution? Have you wondered if it's really necessary to go to the expense of retrofitting because you are not in a floodplain or an area prone to flooding?
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 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 -- Federal and state officials announced the closing this week of three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). The following centers will close at 7 p.m. on the dates announced.
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.

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