Flood Relief Fund; established. (HB5)

Introduced By

Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell) with support from co-patron Sen. Travis Hackworth (R-Richlands)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Flood Relief Fund established. Establishes the Flood Relief Fund (the Fund), funded by reducing the allocation of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds to the Community Flood Preparedness Fund from 45 to 40 percent and allocating the five percent to the Fund. The Flood Relief Fund is administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and used to make payments to owners of property that is damaged by a flood, landslide, or mudslide for which the President declares a major disaster under the federal Stafford Act. Under the bill, claims are paid at 175 percent of property value in a double distressed locality, 150 percent of property value in a distressed locality, and 100 percent of property value in all other localities. Claims are limited to $1 million for commercial properties and $500,000 for residential properties and are exempt from individual and corporate income tax. If there are no flood disasters, VDEM will award grants for flood prevention efforts to applicants in double distressed localities. The bill provides that if Virginia withdraws from RGGI, $50 million of any unobligated auction proceeds will be reallocated to the Fund from the accounts established for flood preparedness and low-income energy efficiency programs. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/07/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100879D
12/07/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
12/07/2021Communicated to Governor on April 27, 2022
01/20/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB5)
01/31/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
02/09/2022Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/09/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/2022Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/11/2022Tabled in Appropriations (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)