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
September 23, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. -- Individuals who suffered damage from Tropical Depression Gaston and were insured may still be eligible for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "If you were uninsured or your insurance policy did not cover some of your disaster-related damages or losses, FEMA may be able to help," Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson said. "If you have insurance, your first call should be to your agent. Your next call should be to apply with FEMA."
September 22, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. -- Federal, state and voluntary agencies are continuing to work together to help Virginia residents recover from the effects of Tropical Depression Gaston. The following is a summary of activities to date:
September 21, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. -- In the turmoil that accompanies the shock and loss of a disaster, misleading rumors, half-truths and misunderstandings about available assistance may cause some storm-struck residents to disqualify themselves from much-needed help. Disaster recovery officials voiced concern that unreliable word-of-mouth in distressed neighborhoods and communities may deprive eligible individuals and households of vital aid from state and federal sources.
September 20, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. -- The federal/state disaster recovery center at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road in Chesterfield County will end operations at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22. The center was one of three locations providing information to homeowners, renters and business owners who had sustained damages from the severe flooding caused by Tropical Depression Gaston on August 30.
September 20, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. -- Additional counties have been declared eligible for federal disaster assistance in dealing with the effects of Tropical Storm Gaston, commonwealth and federal officials announced today. Charles City, King William and New Kent counties now are eligible for Individual Assistance. King William and New Kent counties also have become eligible for the Public Assistance Program, which helps cover disaster-related costs of governments and certain nonprofit organizations.
September 17, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. -- Owners of vehicles inundated by the muddy waters of Tropical Depression Gaston may be eligible for federal-state assistance. Some 2,000 cars were damaged in the city of Richmond alone, said Benjamin Johnson, the city’s emergency services coordinator. Owners of damaged vehicles should first call their insurance companies. It is possible their policies will cover the damage.