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Staunton offers preliminary estimate for Aug. 8 flood damage: $3.1M

stauntonThe City of Staunton is estimating $3.1 million in damages from the Aug. 8 flash floods that damaged 164 public, residential and commercial properties.

This from a report that the city has filed with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

The figures were generated based on damage reports from city staff and commercial and residential property owners received since Saturday.

The city is continuing to solicit damage reports from property owners for damage to private properties as a result of the flooding – reports can be made by telephone at 540.332.3960 or by email at

Any additional information received from private property owners in subsequent days will be submitted by the city to VDEM in a follow-up report.

The damage breakdown in the preliminary assessment is as follows:

  • Public property damage—$890,000 (major items in this category include Gypsy Hill and Montgomery Hall parks, the Augusta County Circuit Court and District Court courthouses, Johnson Street parking garage, and various sidewalks and a retaining wall in the impacted areas)
  • Residential property damage—$1.5 million
  • Commercial property damage—$750,000

“We appreciate the speed and diligence with which private property owners have contacted us with the necessary details regarding residential and commercial damages,” Staunton Fire Chief Scott Garber said.  “Their cooperation during what is a very challenging time has made it possible for us to compile a comprehensive and accurate preliminary report for VDEM.”

The city now awaits a response from VDEM concerning eligibility for assistance from the state—for both the city and private property owners—and possible referral of the assessment to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for potential federal assistance.

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