WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director James Lee Witt today announced the release of an assessment of the economic impact of Hurricane Floyd on Virginia communities. The assessment was completed by the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) at the request of FEMA.
HAMPTON, Va. -- Editors: Final weekly summary report for Virginia disaster relief: Significant Events: 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.
Hurricane Floyd ruined Bill and Debbie Stephenson's home in Isle of Wight Virginia, when heavy rains caused the nearby Blackwater River to overflow. But the hurricane didn't bring financial ruin to the family - because they had flood insurance. "It was well worth the premium," said Bill Stephenson, who at one point could dock a boat on the roof of his home because the flood waters were so high. The Stephenson's flood insurance premium is about $300 a year. Damage to their home was estimated at $190,000. Flood damage is not covered by regular homeowners insurance.
If and when individual assistance money is approved for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours.
Public Assistance - Dollars ApprovedPublic Assistance Definitions
Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President
Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President
Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards
*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.
*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.
|Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated*||Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated*||Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*|
|Mayor Preson Williams, Montezuma, GA, front right, and Mayor Jim Council, Franklin, VA, front left, and businessowners pose for a picture during a visit. Franklin has suffered from devastating floods following Hurricane Floyd. Franklin officials visited Montezuma, which had suffered similar flooding in 1994. Franklin officials wanted to see recovery progress and get guidance from the Montezuma officials, who warned that recovery from Floyd could take between three and five years.|