Federal Assistance Tops $4 million for West Virginia Flood Recovery

Release Date Release Number
DR-4331-WV NR 026
Release Date:
September 20, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In one month since West Virginia received a federal major disaster declaration following the severe storms of July 28-29, 2017, about $4.2 million in federal assistance has been approved for recovery. Assistance continues to flow.

Individuals and Households Program (IHP)

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program has approved nearly $2.4 million for homeowners and renters. This assistance can include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to a primary residence, as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs. Four counties were designated eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance: Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel.

This total includes:

Rental Assistance: $272,011

Home Repair Assistance: $1.7 million

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): $397,193

This assistance is provided to individuals and households to help address necessary expenses and serious needs that cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance or insurance. Forms of other needs assistance under IHP include personal property, medical, dental and funeral.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

More than $1.8 million in SBA loans have been approved to help individuals and businesses recover from July’s disaster.

Public Assistance (PA)

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides grants to state and local governments and certain nonprofit entities for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The federal share of assistance for this disaster is 75 percent of eligible costs. Twelve counties were designated eligible for Public Assistance: Doddridge, Harrison Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, and Wetzel. Hazard Mitigation Grant funding will be available state-wide.

  • Preliminary Damage Assessments estimates reached $8.5 million for the July 28-29 severe weather event.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

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