There is little argument that these services were needed, but the number of requests in the years to come might speak volumes.
In June 2004, aid was given to Virginia once again. The "Federal Disaster Aid Authorized for Virginia Storms" press release read that funds were requested for a "series of severe storms" (para. 1). Most of the money went to southwestern Virginia to help residential families and small businesses affected by flooding from rainstorms, and damage done by tornadoes.
In December 2006, the state of Virginia made application to FEMA once again for damage done by Tropical Storm Ernesto. This time, however, the state was denied FEMA help. In "FEMA Denies Richmond's Housing-Money Request," Michael Martz writes that the city was denied "more than $198,000 spent to house people in hotels and apartments after their North Side neighborhoods were flooded Sept. 1" (para. 2). Even with the rejection, Martz reported that Virginia officials still planned to apply for $35 million to fix a collapsed sewer line, and to take preventive measures against further flooding in the city's Battery Park.
Later that year, a news story titled "Blame the Weather" appeared in Economist.