Delaware Hurricane Isabel (DR-1494)

Incident period: September 18, 2003 to September 29, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 20, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 2, 2003
News Release
New Castle, DE -- People who live near water are not the only ones who experience flooding. Floods can happen from heavy rains, levies breaking, sewage backup, sandbags moving water to other areas, and rivers moving over time, spreading for miles. Flash floods can begin and end within just a few hours, cutting a path of major destruction.
September 30, 2003
News Release
New Castle, DE -- Judy Shores said that she and a couple of other women from St. Marks United Methodist Church started out by volunteering to supply snacks for the workers and volunteers in the joint state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The disaster recovery center, located in the church fellowship hall, opened on Thursday September 26, to victims who suffered losses as a result of tropical storm Henri and hurricane Isabel.
September 30, 2003
News Release
New Castle, DE - Residents and businesses that suffered damage from tropical storm Henri and Hurricane Isabel who have called the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration number may have received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). That number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY 1-800-462-7585).
September 30, 2003
News Release
New Castle, DE-Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage, featured in most standard National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies, may provide owners of damaged buildings with up to $30,000 to help pay the costs of complying with local building codes and floodplain ordinances.
September 30, 2003
News Release
New Castle, DE - Fraud is an unfortunate occurrence during disaster recovery. When it does happen, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a responsibility to take action. People who intentionally try to defraud the government are taking money away from those who are truly in need, and FEMA is obligated to make sure taxpayer dollars go only to people who sustained legitimate losses.
September 29, 2003
News Release
New Castle, DE -- Effective close of business Tuesday, September 30, the Sussex County Disaster Recovery Center will be permanently closed, state and federal recovery officials announced today. The Center is located at 100 Airport Road in Georgetown at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center. A second Disaster Recovery Center located in New Castle County will continue to operate Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Marks United Methodist Church on 1700 Limestone Rd. in Wilmington.

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