AID FOR VIRGINIA INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS TOPS $10 MILLION

April 3, 2011  //  

 

Media Contacts:
FEMA –  Josie Pritchard        (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2002
FEMA-1411-DR-VA-48

AID FOR VIRGINIA INFRASTRUCTURE
REPAIRS TOPS $10 MILLION

WISE, Va. – State and local governments in Virginia have received more than $10.9 million to make repairs to public facilities damaged by tornadoes, storms and flooding this spring. The funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and are available because of the April 3 and May 5 disaster declarations issued by President Bush. Assistance has gone out to nine counties and one independent city. In addition, the Commonwealth of Virginia has received funds for damage to state property and facilities.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program enables governmental entities and certain private non-profits to apply for help with the cost of repairing or replacing disaster-damaged infrastructure to its pre-disaster condition. Eligible costs include those associated with debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairing or replacing disaster-damaged roads, bridges, public buildings and other facilities.

In addition to repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure, the Public Assistance program can help pay for measures that, when implemented, will reduce or prevent damages in future floods. These measures are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

A total of 678 projects in Virginia have been deemed eligible for state and federal disaster assistance, according to disaster recovery officials. The majority of these projects involve grading road surfaces, replacing tons of surface and base materials, cleaning and reshaping ditches, and replacing concrete low-water crossings. For eligible projects, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the costs and the applicant will pay the remaining 25 percent.

A listing of funds by jurisdiction follows:

Commonwealth of Virginia Agencies …………………………………………….$8,023,793

City of Norton
Buchanan County
Dickenson County
Lee County
Russell County
……………..$87,532
…………$1,700,732
……………..$76,868
……………$118,774
……………$355,075
Scott County
Smyth County
Tazewell County
Wise County
Wythe County
…………..$47,470
…………$126,835
…………..$32,635
…………$296,276
…………$103,980
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