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

October 5, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Qualified Virginia residents who suffered damages from Tropical Depression Gaston have less than a month left to apply for assistance, state and federal disaster officials said today. The deadline is Tuesday, November 2.
October 4, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Individuals and business owners with damage from Tropical Depression Gaston who wish to speak in person with a representative of the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) should visit their closest Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center before the close of business October 8.
October 1, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers operating at 730 E. Broad Street in Richmond and at the Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road, in Henrico County, will close at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8. The two centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday next week. “If you want to talk to someone in person about disaster assistance or check on the status of your application, you will need to see us by next Friday,” Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson said.
September 30, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Federal, state and voluntary agencies are working together to help Virginia residents recover from the effects of Tropical Depression Gaston. So far, a total of $7 million in disaster grants and loans has been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses. President Bush issued a major disaster declaration September 3 that now includes the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond, and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent and Prince George.
September 27, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Victims of Tropical Depression Gaston can visit a new information booth near Shockoe Bottom for tips on cleaning up and repairing flood damaged property. The public can also go there to learn how to protect homes and businesses against future flood damage. The booth, which opened today, is located at Harper Hardware Inc. at 1712 E. Broad St. It’s staffed by members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood mitigation branch. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
September 24, 2004
News Release
RICHMOND, Va. -- Flood victims in disaster-declared cities and counties do not need to be concerned that disasters in other states will mean a reduction in funds available for Virginia. Their eligibility for assistance will be determined once they have applied and based on their individual needs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and voluntary organizations are providing a wide range of programs and services for victims of Tropical Depression Gaston.

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