Massachusetts Flooding (DR-1512)

Incident period: April 1, 2004 to April 30, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 21, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 18, 2004
News Release
BEVERLY, Mass. – Teams of state and federal community relations specialists are making a final series of neighborhood visits in five Bay State counties to provide information about available disaster assistance programs to businesses, homeowners and renters who suffered damages and losses due to last month’s flooding. State Coordinating Officer Cristine McCombs said local emergency management officials and community leaders in affected areas would continue to work closely with the teams to focus aid efforts on any lingering disaster-related needs.
May 17, 2004
News Release
BEVERLY, Mass. -- State and federal disaster aid is reaching Massachusetts residents dealing with uninsured flood damage costs more quickly than ever before thanks to concentrated efforts to make recovery assistance simpler and faster. James N. Russo, overseeing recovery operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the agency has worked hard over the past few years to streamline every step of recovery: from registration to inspection to final payment.
May 14, 2004
News Release
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Three weeks into the recovery effort, $1.6 million in state and federal disaster aid has been approved to help Massachusetts residents who suffered flood-related losses as a result of the April flooding, according to recovery officials.
May 14, 2004
News Release
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Of this you can be certain – if your area flooded during the April heavy rainfall, it’s likely to flood again. And many have learned too late that an ordinary homeowner’s policy does not cover flood damage, disaster recovery officials said.
May 13, 2004
News Release
BEVERLY, Mass. - Recovery officials said that some common misunderstandings about disaster aid may deprive eligible individuals and households of vital aid from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “The last thing you need in a disaster is misinformation,” said Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo. “And the best way to avoid that problem is to call and ask what kind of assistance is available to you.”
May 12, 2004
News Release
BEVERLY, Mass. -- As the recovery from flooding caused by April’s record-setting rains continues, state and federal disaster officials are encouraging Bay State residents to purchase flood insurance before disaster strikes again. “Flooding is the leading cause of property loss from natural disasters in this country,” said James N. Russo, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “and Massachusetts has suffered more than its share of floods in recent years.”

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