West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides (DR-1536)

Incident period: July 22, 2004 to September 1, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 6, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 13, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- In a potentially dangerous severe-weather situation would you (and your family) prefer to be among the first or among the last to know? Hint: first is a whole lot better and it doesn't cost much. The price of a no-frills NOAA Weather Radio is about $25. A weather radio provides instant access to the same weather reports and emergency information that meteorologists and emergency personnel use: information that can save your life.
September 10, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- In the midst of one of the most active hurricane seasons in years, West Virginians should be aware that hurricanes have many effects, including storm surges, tornadoes, and often the most deadly of all - inland flooding. While tornadoes are always a potential threat, more people have died from inland flooding in the last 30 years. Intense rainfall is not directly related to the wind speed of tropical cyclones. In fact, some of the greatest rainfall amounts occur from weaker storms that drift slowly or stall over an area.
September 9, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. –-- More than $1 million in assistance has been provided since a presidential declaration was approved for Fayette, Lincoln, Logan and Mingo Counties on Aug. 7. The declaration was a result of severe storms that struck the counties in late July.Disaster assistance is provided in several forms: Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans.
September 2, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia residents who suffered losses in the severe storms that began in late July may be eligible for tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS has ruled that such losses, defined as damage, destruction, or loss of property from a catastrophic event, may be deducted on the federal income tax return for the year in which the casualty occurred or by amending the return for the previous year.
August 31, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Residents of Fayette, Lincoln, Logan and Mingo Counties who suffered losses from the severe storms that began in late July will be able to get free crisis counseling to help ease their emotional stress, disaster officials announced today. The outreach effort will provide screening, education and counseling at the request of individuals suffering from disaster-related pressure, worry or strain. It is not necessary to be registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to obtain counseling.
August 26, 2004
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Federal and state officials have announced the closing of a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) placed in operation after the late July storms. The DRC located in Fayette County will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1. The DRC is located in the Ansted Maintenance Building, 114 Rich Creek Road in Ansted, W.Va. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. If anyone has questions or would like to check on the status of their application in person, this should be done by 6 p.m. on the closing date.

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