West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides (DR-1838)

Incident period: May 3, 2009 to June 8, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 15, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 8, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia homeowners who use private wells as their only source of household water should be alert to possible contamination caused by recent flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may provide disaster aid to repair and/or decontaminate damaged wells in the declared counties of McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming. State and federal officials urge residents to have their water system inspected and tested if any of the following conditions exist:
June 5, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- When disaster strikes, West Virginians often grab the chance to help their neighbors, near and far. Many residents who escaped the devastation caused by the severe May storms pitched in to donate clothing, furniture, household items and other goods. Some donated their time to clean up homes and yards, and some donated money to volunteer agencies working hard to help disaster survivors.
June 3, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- West Virginia senior citizens can feel comfortable knowing that applying for, or receiving disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will not cause them to lose Social Security benefits.
June 3, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that six additional counties are eligible for Public Assistance (PA) to help them recover from the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and landslides that began on May 3. The added counties are: Calhoun, Gilmer, Lewis, Roane, Upshur and Wirt.
June 2, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be visiting local area home supply stores beginning today to talk to shoppers, residents, the curious and some who may have been directly affected by recent storms. They will offer tips on how to lessen the damage to their homes and businesses from future flooding. The specialists will visit Lowe's, 84 Lumber and Lester's on selected dates. The store addresses and the times they will visit follows:
June 2, 2009
News Release
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- In the weeks following the severe May storms, West Virginians may have questions about the many disaster assistance programs that can help them rebuild their lives. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) programs include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other expenses not covered by insurance. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.


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How to Apply for Assistance

» Apply Online
» Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) / 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

» What is Disaster Assistance
» Individual Assistance
» Hazard Mitigation

Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • West Virginia, FEMA-1838-DR (PDF 51KB)
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