Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes Associated with Tropical Depression Gaston (DR-1544)

Incident period: August 30, 2004 to September 8, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 3, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 8, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- When the owners of a new Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar franchise considered opening in the historic Shockoe Bottom entertainment district of Richmond, they knew the area was prone to flooding. They made the decision to modify the building that was to house their new restaurant to make it flood resistant.
November 8, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that more than $10.1 million in federal disaster aid has been approved to date for government entities to help with cleanup and repairs after Tropical Depression Gaston struck August 30. “It’s difficult for individuals to recover from a storm, and it’s also difficult for localities,” said Marianne C. Jackson, federal coordinating officer for FEMA’s recovery effort. “This money will help offset the expenses that local governments and the commonwealth incurred during Gaston.”
November 5, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Federal and state disaster officials announced today that more than $12.2 million in disaster assistance grants and loans has been approved for victims of Tropical Depression Gaston since the Sept. 3 presidential declaration. Here is a summary of activities for the period ending Nov. 4, 2004:
November 1, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Tuesday, Nov. 2, is the last day for victims of Tropical Depression Gaston to register to receive federal and state disaster assistance. Victims may call 1-800-621-FEMA toll free, 24 hours a day. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for the deaf and hearing impaired. Those with Internet access may register by going to fema.gov.
October 29, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. – Federal and state disaster officials announced today that more than $11.3 million in disaster assistance grants and loans has been approved for victims of Tropical Depression Gaston since the Sept. 3 presidential declaration. Here is a summary of activities for the period ending Oct. 28, 2004:
October 27, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that $5.5 million in federal disaster aid has been approved to date for government entities to help with cleanup and repairs after Tropical Depression Gaston struck August 30. “Gaston was a severe storm, but Virginians came together and weathered it,” said Marianne C. Jackson, federal coordinating officer for FEMA’s recovery effort. “But now the waters have receded, and these funds will help communities deal with the bills that remain.”

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