GOVERNOR WARNER ANNOUNCES TWO MORE LOCALITIES DECLARED DISASTER AREAS DUE TO DROUGHT AND HEAT

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April 2, 2003


Ellen Qualls
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Elaine Lidholm, VDACS
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GOVERNOR WARNER ANNOUNCES TWO
MORE LOCALITIES DECLARED DISASTER AREAS DUE TO DROUGHT AND HEAT

RICHMOND In response to requests last year by Governor Mark R. Warner, Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman recently declared two additional Virginia localities primary disaster areas due to severe drought and excessive heat conditions. The areas are Highland County and the City of Chesapeake.


In addition to these counties, the Governor obtained federal disaster declarations for 88 Virginia localities in 2002.


The disaster declarations make farmers in these counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans and possibly other forms of assistance provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through Congressional action.


The primary drought declarations extend disaster designations to localities contiguous to the primary areas. These areas include Augusta and Bath Counties and the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

“Thanks to the USDA’s approval, these Virginia localities are eligible to receive some much needed assistance,” said Governor Warner.  


 

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund