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.
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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.
HAMPTON, Va. -- Weeks after Hurricane Floyd's floodwaters have receded, many individuals, businesses, and communities are tallying the damage. It will be months before lives are put back together and years before communities are rebuilt and back to normal, federal disaster recovery officials said. It is impossible to prevent natural disasters, but many communities affected by recent disasters could have been spared or could have reduced their losses had they been better prepared.
HAMPTON, Va. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct workshops in Southampton County, Monday through Friday, Nov. 8 - 12, to help individuals and business owners with their SBA loan applications. The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., each day, at the Social Services Department, Southampton County Offices, on Administration Drive, in Courtland, where SBA officials will answer questions or provide help completing loan applications. The workshops are being offered in connection with Hurricane Floyd, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials.
HAMPTON, Va. -- Residents who need help understanding their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance letters can get answers to their questions by calling the FEMA Helpline, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials. FEMA assistance letters are mailed to individuals who have already registered. Assistance letters outlinethe type of help that will be provided based on an individual's needs and circumstances.
HAMPTON, Va. -- November 12th is the deadline for residents in certain areas to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance in connection with Hurricane Floyd, according to state and federal officials. Disaster unemployment assistance deadlines are set according to when a designated city or county was declared eligible for disaster assistance. Residents in the following jurisdictions have until Nov. 12 to apply: Cities of Hopewell and Poquoson, and counties of Brunswick, Charles City, Essex, New Kent, Northampton, Richmond, Westmoreland, Fairfax, Hanover and Henrico.
HAMPTON, Va. -- Weekly summary report for Monday, November 1: STATISTICS
HAMPTON, Va. -- Disaster recovery officials have activated another phase in their efforts to provide temporary housing assistance to victims of Hurricane Floyd. Manufactured housing will be provided to victims on a case-by-case, as needed basis, according to federal disaster recovery officials. On Monday, Nov. 1st, families in Boykins will become the first applicants to receive travel trailers in the disaster housing assistance program.
HAMPTON, Va. -- Virginia residents who suffered flood damage from Hurricane Floyd and were mailed a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application, are reminded that the loan applications must be completed and returned promptly.