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Media Contacts:
FEMA –  Len DeCarlo           (276) 973-0035
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063

June 25, 2002


WISE, Va. – Russell County will receive $355,075 to help repair public facilities damaged by storms and flooding. 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 disaster declaration made by President Bush.

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.

A total of eight projects in the county 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 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 state and locality will share the remaining 25 percent.

Some projects in Russell County include: repairs to a public building and community park in Cleveland; repairs to sewer lines in several locations around the county; and repairs to sewer and water line access roads throughout the county.

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

Several such projects are being completed in Russell County, with one example the water line replacements in Hamlin and West Dante. The lines were damaged and exposed by creek erosion. The replacement lines will be placed where they are less likely to be damaged and better for the environment.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at, or VDEM’s homepage at 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