West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides (DR-1574)

Incident period: January 4, 2005 to January 25, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 1, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 10, 2005
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On February 1, President Bush declared six West Virginia counties eligible for federal disaster relief for public properties damaged in January floods. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said to date, $6.1 million in federal grant funds have been obligated for Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel counties. FEMA’s Public Assistance program reimburses eligible local governments, county and state agencies and some private, non-profit organizations.
February 24, 2005
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Following the January 2005 floods, many West Virginians are asking government officials and insurance representatives about flood insurance availability and coverage. Misconceptions are common say officials from the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services (WVOES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Many residents, and even insurance representatives, still believe that only those individuals living in a floodplain can purchase flood insurance coverage," said WVOES Director Stephen S. Kappa.
February 10, 2005
News Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Just one week after President Bush declared six West Virginia Counties eligible for assistance to repair infrastructure and public facilities, FEMA has approved funding for the first repair project. The FEMA program, called Public Assistance, helps reimburse state and local governments and certain private, non-profit organizations for damages caused by disasters. The assistance is for January floods and mudslides that caused major infrastructure damage in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel counties.
February 4, 2005
News Release
Charleston, W. VA. -- West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials have signed a formal agreement authorizing federal aid for infrastructure damaged caused by January's floods and mudslides. The aid, called Public Assistance (PA), goes to local governments, communities, county and state agencies and some private non-profit organizations in the six counties declared eligible on Feb.1 by President Bush. The six counties are Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel.
February 2, 2005
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster funds have been made available for West Virginia to help communities recover from the effects of severe storms that struck the state in early January.
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