HAMPTON, Va. -- Editors: Final weekly summary report for Virginia disaster relief:
In the 10 weeks since the declaration, more than $43 million has been approved for state and federal disaster assistance.
On Thursday, Sept. 16, Hurricane Floyd devastated the eastern portion of Virginia. The system caused widespread flooding in the Commonwealth and neighboring states, with local jurisdictions reporting severe flooding in low-lying areas, impassable roads and downed trees. Five deaths were attributed to the storm.
Floyd hit southeastern Virginia hard. The city of Franklin experienced record flooding, destroying a majority of stores in the downtown business district. Hampton Roads and several Eastern Shore communities also experienced major flooding and damage.
On Saturday, Sept. 18, the President declared the Commonwealth of Virginia a disaster area. In all, 48 jurisdictions were made eligible for either Individual Assistance, Public Assistance or both.
Final Disaster Statistics
- 5,999 individuals applied for FEMA disaster assistance
- $3.6 million approved for disaster housing assistance
- $2.7 million approved for the Individual and Family Grant Program
- $15.1 million approved for U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low interest disaster loans including individuals, businesses, and economic injury disaster losses.
- More than $9.5 million in federal, state and local funds have been approved for Special Mission Assignments.
- $500,000 for aerial spraying of 600,000 acres for mosquito control
- $3 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for development of the mobile home site
- $40,000 to the United States Forest Services for planning and supervising logistics for the disaster
- $205,000 to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for technical assistance
- $2 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the supervision, transportation, and delivery of drinking water.
- $900,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency for the testing, removal and disposal of hazardous wastes
- $265,000 to the United States Public Health Services for testing and developing a plan for the eradication of mosquitoes
- $100,000 to the Economic Development Administration for developing a plan for economic recovery
- $111,000 to the United States Geological Survey for surveying and establishing elevations for homes and businesses to determine if they are in a floodplain
- $12.2 million has been provided by FEMA for Infrastructure (Public Assistance)
- $2.9 million for debris removal
- $2.7 million for protective measures
- $2.1 million for repair and replacement of roads and bridges
- $643,000 for water control facilities
- $403,000 for public buildings
- $2.7 million for public utilities (electric companies, co-ops)
- $459,000 for parks, cemeteries, pools and beaches
Final Disaster Facts
- Families are continually being leased into manufactured housing (mobile homes and travel trailers) at the Southampton Agri-Business Industrial Park in Southampton County and on private sites.
- A total of 4,043 individuals visited the Disaster Recovery Centers in Hampton and Franklin.
- The Mobile Disaster Recovery Center served another 243 individuals during visits to Boykins, James City County, Norfolk, Onancock, Saxis, St...