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 12, 2004
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Residents and business owners who applied for disaster aid due to the heavy April flooding and were mailed U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications are urged to return the completed applications quickly, even if they do not want a loan, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) officials.
May 11, 2004
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Disaster officials overseeing state-federal recovery efforts suggest that homeowners in flood-prone areas should consider taking practical steps to lessen the future risk of flooding damage or loss. One effective flood protection measure is the installation of a backflow valve to prevent sewage from backing up into a house through the main sewer/septic connection. These sewage backups not only cause damage that is difficult to clean but also create health hazards.
May 10, 2004
BEVERLY, Mass. -- A disaster information Helpline is available to Massachusetts residents who have already applied for assistance as a result of the April flooding and either need more information about programs or wish to check the status of their applications. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for people with speech or hearing impairments.
May 8, 2004
BEVERLY, Mass. – With the April 22 disaster declaration, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) became available for flood-damaged losses in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester counties that are not adequately covered by insurance, according to state and federal recovery officials.
May 6, 2004
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Two weeks after the presidential disaster declaration, more than $1 million in state and federal disaster aid has been approved to help Massachusetts residents recover from flood-related losses resulting from the heavy April rainfall. State Coordinating Officer Cristine McCombs, acting director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), said that the number of total applicants was expected to rise as homeowners, renters and businesses realize that aid is available and that their insurance may not adequately cover all losses.
May 5, 2004
BEVERLY, Mass. -- The Disaster Recovery Center in Peabody will cease operations at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. Located at the Peter A. Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., the center will be open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (COB).