FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WISE, VA. — Hundreds of residents of Dante, Virginia, have had to boil drinking water as a result of damage to water lines from the March floods. Relief is on the way.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) are providing drinking water to the residents of Dante and West Dante. FEMA received the request for water on Friday and the deliveries are being made one day later.
According to FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Louis Botta, 850 households have had to boil their water since the March flooding. About 40 families have no water service at all.
Saturday morning at 8 a.m. FEMA semi-tractor trailers will begin unloading 20,000 gallons of drinking water at the Russell County Water and Sewer Authority headquarters on Route 63.
Officials say this amount of water should be enough to last until water line repairs are completed.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
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