Virginia Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1655)

Incident period: June 23, 2006 to July 6, 2006
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 13, 2006

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 22, 2006
News Release
GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- The independent City of Galax in southwest Virginia has been added to the list of Commonwealth jurisdictions declared eligible for public assistance based on damage assessments compiled by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspection teams.
August 17, 2006
News Release
GLEN ALLEN, VA -- After the Virginia floods of late June and early July, as well as the recent flooding in Shockoe Bottom (Richmond), the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) continue to urge all Virginians to remember that everyone lives in a flood zone. Strong thunderstorms and concurrent flash floods can occur at any time, anywhere and in a matter of minutes. Individuals far from the coast are at risk of flash flooding that may or may not be hurricane-related.
August 4, 2006
News Release
GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Mecklenburg and Rappahannock counties have been added to the list of Commonwealth jurisdictions declared eligible for public assistance based on damage assessments compiled by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspection teams.
August 1, 2006
News Release
GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Virginians are being strongly advised by state and federal disaster officials not to make the mistake of thinking property damage caused by high water is covered by regular property owners' insurance policies. "On the other hand, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers coverage for recovery from floods, runoffs or ground water intrusion," Gracia Szczech, federal coordinating officer, pointed out.
July 27, 2006
News Release
GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that four additional Commonwealth counties are now eligible for Public Assistance. They are: Botetourt, Craig, Floyd and Henry Previously, the independent City of Alexandria and the counties of Alleghany, Arlington, Bath, Dickenson, Fairfax, Highland, King George, and Rockbridge were approved on July 13.
July 21, 2006
News Release
GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- The impact of disasters is wide-ranging, including public facilities and increasing the workload of local governments. Taking a lead role in helping communities recover is FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program. Public assistance is only activated following a presidential disaster declaration and provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance to state agencies, local governmental entities, certain non-profit organizations and tribal organizations.

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