$8 MILLION IN DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR MARCH FLOODING IN SW VIRGINIA

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        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
June 3, 2002
        FEMA-1406-DR-VA-NR79


FEDERAL/STATE DISASTER RECOVERY SUMMARY


NOTE TO EDITORS: This is the final wrapup report for the April 2 presidentially declared disaster in the counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe and the city of Norton.
 


$8 MILLION IN DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR MARCH FLOODING IN SW VIRGINIA


WISE, VA. – Heavy rains between March 17 and 20 caused severe flooding in Southwest Virginia. On April 2, President Bush issued a disaster declaration for the counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise and the city of Norton. On April 17, those localities and Wythe County were also approved to receive Public Assistance (repairs to roads, bridges and other public facilities).


The flooding affected about 1450 homes. Of those, almost 230 were destroyed or had major damage. Almost 2000 residents of the disaster-declared area registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Early in the disaster more than 18,000 meals were served to flood victims and almost 170 people were provided emergency shelter.


Many homes in Russell County were left with contaminated water because of flood damage and FEMA provided emergency water supplies while repair and restoration work on the damaged water lines was undertaken. In all, Public Assistance projects totaling more than $3.8 million were approved to repair flood-damaged roads and bridges, parks, buildings and other public facilities


Since April 2, more than $8 million in combined disaster assistance has been approved. That figure includes almost $2 million for disaster housing assistance, $3,799,723 in Public Assistance projects, $1.5 million in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans and $773,000 in Individual and Family Grants.


 


 


Here are the details of the March Flood recovery effort:







TOTAL REGISTRATIONS: 1940
TOTAL INSPECTIONS OF DAMAGED PROPERTY: 1672
COMBINED DISASTER ASSISTANCE: $8,075,923
DISASTER HOUSING ASSISTANCE: $1,913,200
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOANS: $1,589,700
INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY GRANTS: $773,300
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FEDERAL FUNDS OBLIGATED: $3,799,923





NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at www.fema.gov, or VDEM’s homepage at www.vaemergency.com. Information also is available through FEMA’s 24-fax-on-demand service by calling (202) 646-FEMA. RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS: For recorded actualities on response and recovery operations call the FEMA Radio Network at 1-800-323-5248.

 

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund