Houston Floods – President Declares Major Disaster

On Monday, 25 April, the USA federal government granted Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s request for Individual Assistance for Fayette, Grimes, Harris, and Parker counties after the major floods of 18 April.

At least 7 people died in the floods. Around 6,700 homes were damaged in Harris County, making the “Tax Day Flood” more damaging than the “Memorial Day floods” of May last year

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that the US president has declared a major disaster and that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of 17 to 24 April, 2016.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Fayette, Grimes, Harris, and Parker counties.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

“I would like to thank the President and FEMA for quickly granting Texas’ request for Individual Assistance following last week’s severe weather,” said Governor Abbott.

“The State of Texas will continue to work with our local and federal partners to aid Texans recovering and rebuilding from flood damages and ensure all those affected receive the assistance they need.”

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Houston floods 22 April 2016. Photo: Sandra Arnold, USACE Galveston District
Houston floods 22 April 2016. Photo: Sandra Arnold, USACE Galveston District