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Over a month after Hurricane Matthew thrashed the Hampton Roads, FEMA approved $2.8 million in disaster assistance grants for homeowners and renters affected by flood damage in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.
FEMA approved $2,644,381 for Virginia Beach, over 65 percent of the agency’s $3.1 million allotted for Hampton Roads. Virginia Beach estimated over $50 million in damages last month.
Norfolk was approved for $148,595, according to FEMA representative Troy York.
York said 1,301 households in Virginia Beach and 214 in Norfolk are approved to receive aid. The disaster assistance grants can cover temporary housing, essential home-repairs, personal property replacement and serious disaster-related needs, according to a Virginia Department of Emergency Management news release.
In addition to FEMA’s funds, flood insurance policies have covered more than $12.3 million to households across Hampton Roads affected by flood damage with 2,179 claims filed. Flood insurance is the best tool for economic recovery in this situation and is available for all with property in disaster declared municipalities, according to the news release.
But it isn’t too late to apply for disaster relief from FEMA. The deadline to register is Jan. 3. FEMA and the Commonwealth continue to operate from disaster relief centers. There are two open in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach Central Library – 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. , Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Workforce Development Center – 201 East Little Creek Norfolk, VA 23505
Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Another recovery option is taking a disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Business owners of any size, homeowners, renters and private non-profit organizations can apply for the low-interest loan, according to the news release.
For more information about SBA loans, click here or call 800-659-2955.
To learn more about how to apply for FEMA disaster relief, click here or call 800-621-3622.