Florida Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1481)
Incident period: June 13, 2003 to August 22, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 29, 2003
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
September 3, 2003
Washington, D.C. -- Federal disaster funds have been made available for the Florida counties of Dixie and Taylor to help cover part of the response costs for the flooding that began in June, according to the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Michael D. Brown, FEMA Director and Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response at Homeland Security, said the counties were designated for the assistance following a review of data gathered by federal and state recovery officials.
August 21, 2003
Sarasota, FL -- Pasco County has been added to the list of Florida counties eligible for federal disaster assistance following flooding that occurred in June, federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today. Peter Martinasco, U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), made the designation following a review of additional information regarding damages incurred because of the June flood.
August 15, 2003
Sarasota, FL -- Torrential rains and flooded streets are not new to Floridians. Such events happen almost every year, and sometime the overflowing creeks and flooded streets are worse than others. These facts probably contribute to a belief common among many Florida property owners - that if such flooding has not hit them in the past so it won't hit them in the future; or if flooding does occur, there is nothing they can do about it. Such thinking is wrong in both cases.
July 29, 2003
Washington, DC -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today designated seven Florida counties eligible for federal disaster funds to help local governments recover from the effects of floods spawned by heavy rains that started last month.