CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia residents of the 24 counties designated under the June 7, 2004 disaster declaration resulting from the Memorial Day Storms, received more than $32.3 million in assistance. On the last day to apply for help, Friday, August 6, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) processed 108 applications. The accounting for disaster assistance was made at close of business on August 10.
FEMA received 8919 applications from residents affected by the storms. Housing Assistance for homeowners and renters totaled $14.0 million. Housing Assistance included lodging expenses, repair assistance and temporary rental assistance. Other Needs Assistance reached $3.5 million. Other Needs Assistance may include medical, dental, and funeral expenses; furniture, clothing and certain appliances; vehicle costs; and other eligible expenses.
Although the application period has closed, residents who have questions can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Calls are received between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Close to $6.6 million in federal funds and $2.1 million (25% share) in state funds brought the total of eligible Public Assistance funding to $8.7 million. This means local governments in 12 disaster-designated counties applied for federal assistance for debris removal; emergency protective measures; and repairing, restoring, or replacing damaged public facilities. Disaster assistance is also provided to certain non-profit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care and other essential government facilities.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $6.1 million in low interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and business owners.
The breakdown of applications, Housing and Other Needs Assistance by county follows:
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