West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides (DR-1522)

Incident period: May 27, 2004 to June 28, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 7, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

July 19, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Total assistance approved for West Virginians affected by the floods and landslides that began Memorial Day Weekend has risen to more than $20 million. More than 7,600 applications for disaster assistance have been received. The deadline for applying for assistance is August 6.
July 19, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians who sustained damage to their homes or personal property due to the storms, floods and landslides that began on Memorial Day, and who had expenses related to the disaster declared June 7, 2004, should save the receipts for purchases made to restore the home to its pre-disaster condition. When state and federal inspectors check the damages, receipts will help them make an accurate determination of losses.
July 16, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- State and federal officials announce the opening of a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Raleigh County to assist those affected by the Memorial Day storms. The DRC will be open this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.—for three days only. The DRC information is as follows: Location: Sophia Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall 300 Main Street Sophia, W.Va. Opening Date: Tuesday, July 20 Closing Date: Thursday, July 22
July 16, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal and state officials announced today a change in the hours to apply for disaster assistance by phone, and to have disaster-related questions answered. A toll free number was made available after the disaster declaration resulting from the Memorial Day storms.
July 16, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Federal Coordinating Officer Lou Botta and State Coordinating Officer Steve Kappa held groundbreaking ceremonies in Mingo County for the R.A West Memorial Mobile Home Park and the Willis Court Mobile Home Park in Varney. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director of Recovery Dan Craig traveled from Washington, DC to participate in the ceremonies, which were held on July 16. Mingo County was the most heavily damaged area of West Virginia after the storms that began on Memorial Day.
July 16, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are continuing a Building Supply Outreach Partnership with home supply stores to assist people with mitigation information in Mercer, Kanawha and Logan counties. Specialists from FEMA will be on hand to explain mitigation techniques that can lessen damage to homes, businesses and property from future flooding. Brochures will be available on the National Flood Insurance Program and mitigation techniques such as retrofitting and elevation.

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