West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides (DR-1500)

Incident period: November 11, 2003 to November 30, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on November 21, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 3, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With well over half of West Virginia counties hard hit by the November storms, housing has surfaced as a crucial need, according to state and federal disaster officials. The storms, flooding and landslides left many homes uninhabitable. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is appealing to individuals who have a house, mobile home or apartment to rent to register their rental property with FEMA’s Housing Resource Bank.
December 1, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State and federal officials announced today that 25 additional counties are eligible for Public Assistance under the November 21, 2003 federal disaster declaration. This brings the total number of counties declared eligible for Public Assistance to 31. West Virginia, with a total of 55 counties, was widely affected by the November storms.
December 1, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Homes and furnishings damaged by floods should be cleaned up promptly. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge West Virginians to begin the challenging task of cleaning up from the recent disaster as soon as it is safe to re-enter their homes.
December 1, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Home and property losses due to the recent storms caused a number of difficulties for West Virginians. For many, another problem surfaced when they lost their livelihood as well. Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) can be of help in these cases.
November 30, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Following the recent severe November storms, many residents who applied for disaster assistance found they were issued a U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application although they were not business owners. “It is important that you complete this application if you need financial assistance,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch. “The SBA loan is an important source of recovery funds. If you do not qualify for a loan, you may be considered for an award from our Other Needs Assistance program.”
November 30, 2003
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The first wave of federal disaster workers arrived in West Virginia last weekend to provide assistance to victims of the November floods, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch said 145 FEMA workers have already arrived and others are on the way. Full staffing is projected at 170.

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