Governor Greg Abbott yesterday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Texas counties that sustained widespread damage due to severe flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Imelda. The request includes Individual Assistance for those impacted by this weather. The 6 counties included in the request are Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange. Other counties may be added as damage assessments are completed.
“The recent severe weather in the Gulf Coast region has impacted thousands of Texans, leaving many without the resources they need to recover,” said Governor Abbott. “That is why the State of Texas is requesting federal assistance for the individuals affected by the horrific flooding. I ask the President to grant this request swiftly, so that the state, in collaboration with our federal partners, can help those recover as quickly as possible.”
If granted, residents of these counties would be eligible for: Individual Assistance including the Individuals and Households Programs (IA), Other Needs Assistance (ONA), Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Legal Assistance, Disaster Case Management; Direct Federal Assistance; and statewide Hazard Mitigation.
Governor Abbott is also requesting U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program for Physical and Economic Loss for all counties requesting Individual Assistance. Additionally, Public Assistance may be requested for impacted counties as damage assessments are completed.