FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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:
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971