West Virginia Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Flooding, Mudslides, and Landslides (DR-4059)

Incident period: February 29, 2012 to March 5, 2012
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 16, 2012

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 1, 2012
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding those affected by the recent storms and floods they have only a short time left to register for possible assistance. For residents in Marion, Harrison, Preston, Taylor and Wayne counties the deadline is May 15. For those in Logan and Mingo counties the deadline is May 21. For Lincoln County residents who were affected by the storms and flooding of February 29 through March 5, the deadline is May 15. For Lincoln County residents affected by the floods of March 15 through March 31, the deadline is May 21.
April 30, 2012
News Release
CHARLESTON W.Va. -- Mingo County residents who suffered losses from recent flooding will be able to learn more about disaster assistance programs at a Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 3, at the Dingess Elementary School, 101 Schoolhouse Road in Dingess. Mingo County was added to the federal major-disaster declaration for Individual and Households Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on April 20. A previously scheduled meeting at the location was postponed because of severe weather conditions that arose on April 26.
April 30, 2012
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Any applicant for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency receiving a letter indicating that he or she is ineligible for help could still qualify. Disaster officials might simply need more information.
April 27, 2012
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Sometimes it’s unwise to challenge Mother Nature. As West Virginians know all too well, in many areas of the state flash floods are frequent visitors, and an increasing number of homeowners have decided to seek higher ground. One family in Stollings saw its two-story house inundated time and again by the nearby Guyandotte River. Flood insurance paid for most of the repeated repairs and cleanups, but no policy can make up for the stress of being repeatedly flooded. And as the disasters continue, a vulnerable house inevitably becomes worth less and less.
April 26, 2012
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- Some residents who are unemployed as a direct result of the recent storms and flooding in Harrison, Preston and Taylor counties may now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance program benefits. The deadline for filing a claim is May 21. “The DUA program extends coverage to self-employed people, farm workers and others who have lost employment as a direct result of the disaster,” Jimmy Gianato, West Virginia state coordinating officer, said. “It is specifically designed to assist those who are otherwise ineligible for state unemployment benefits.”
April 19, 2012
News Release
CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Sometimes it takes a disaster to again illuminate how deeply ingrained charity is in the American character. The recent tornadoes, severe storms and subsequent flooding will leave many West Virginians with unmet needs, despite the best efforts of the county, state and federal governments.

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