Aid Available For Well And Septic System Repairs

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Release date: 
April 23, 2003
Release Number: 
1458-16

Lynchburg, VA -- Virginia residents in disaster-declared localities whose wells or septic systems were damaged as a result of the February severe storms and floods, may be eligible for financial assistance from FEMA to complete necessary repairs.

Homeowners in declared areas may be eligible for grant funding to pump septic tanks, perform required repairs or replace the system as needed. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for the home also may be repaired or decontaminated.

"We don't want anyone living in a house with contaminated water or exposed to raw sewage," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Justo Hernandez. "Applicants for state and federal disaster assistance should advise the FEMA inspector that they have a private well and septic system."

Home-repair grants are designed to restore the home to a livable and sanitary condition. To qualify for this disaster assistance, applicants must own their home and the home must be their primary residence. Grants are not intended to restore a home to pre-disaster condition and cannot be used for cosmetic repairs or repairs covered by insurance.

Any Virginia resident in a declared locality who suffered damage or losses from the recent severe storms and flooding can register for disaster assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). The number for hearing- or speech-impaired is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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