HAMPTON, Va. -- More Virginia jurisdictions have been made eligible to receive federal aid, according to state and federal disaster officials.
The cities of Richmond, Suffolk and Williamsburg and the counties of Dinwiddie, Gloucester and Halifax are now eligible for Individual Assistance as a result of damages sustained from Hurricane Floyd. Gloucester and Halifax had previously been declared eligible for Public Assistance. The cities of Emporia and Petersburg, and Chesterfield County have been made eligible for Public Assistance. They had been designated eligible for Individual Assistance earlier.
"The list of jurisdictions eligible for assistance has grown to 39 as we continue to work with the state to assess the damage from Hurricane Floyd," Federal Coordinating Officer Robert J. Gunter said. "We have sent teams of state and federal disaster recovery workers to visit hurricane-damaged localities throughout the eastern part of Virginia. Additional localities will be visited as requested by local officials and the state."
"The joint federal/state teams are trained to evaluate the type and scope of damage brought on by hurricane or other disaster," said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline. "Information gathered by the damage assessment teams help to determine the type of assistance needed."
Hurricane Floyd caused significant damage to a widespread area of Virginia, according to disaster officials. "We've seen a lot of damage already and expect to see more as the water recedes and the teams continue their work," Gunter said. "To give you an idea of the extent of the problem, we've already seen at least 9,400 homes damaged.
"The damage estimate now reaches $140 million, however that figure does not include some of the hardest hit areas," Cline said.
Under the Individual Assistance programs, residents may apply for programs such as disaster housing assistance, low-interest loans to repair or replace storm-damaged homes, personal property or businesses, and grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not met by other programs.
The Public Assistance program provides federal funds for 75 percent of approved costs of debris removal, storm-related emergency services, and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities such as roads, bridges and utilities. All jurisdictions are also approved for Hazard Mitigation. The Hazard Mitigation program provides money to protect homes and businesses against future damage by flood-proofing, relocating or elevating buildings, as similar protective or preventive measures.
Individuals and business owners in localities eligible for Individual Assistance can apply for disaster assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency toll-free registration number, 1-800-462-9029 between the hours of 7 a.m. to 12 midnight 7 days a week. Persons with speech or hearing impairments can call 1-800-462-7585(TTY).
Eligible for both Individual and Public Assistance
|Franklin (9/18)||James City (9/18)|
|Hampton (9/18)||Isle of Wight (9/18)|
|Portsmouth (9/18)||Southhampton (9/18)|
|Newport News (9/18)||Accomack (9/21)|
|Norfolk (9/18)||Prince George (9/21)|
|Virginia Beach (9/18)||Surry (9/21)|
|Colonial Heights (9/21-PA, 9/22 IA)||Sussex (9/21)|
|Chesapeake (9/22)||York (9/21)|
|Williamsburg (9/21-PA, 9/23-IA)||Greensville (9/22)|
|Emporia (9/22-IA, 9/23-PA)||Middlesex (9/22)|