Texas Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes (DR-1257)

Incident period: October 17, 1998 to November 15, 1998
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 21, 1998

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 20, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- If you are thinking about rebuilding after the floods, and you've decided that elevating your house is not right for your situation, you may want to think about some of the other options available to protect your home from future flooding. Whatever you decide to do, check with local officials before you start any work rebuilding. Local ordinances and codes determine in large part what you can and cannot do - and what you should do.
November 20, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- To some Texans whose homes were damaged by flooding, it seemed like the movie "Groundhog Day." They were trapped in a never-ending cycle of flooding and repairing, flooding and repairing. Although recent improvements in construction practices and regulation have made new homes less prone to damage, many homes continue to be ravaged by floods again and again. But, there can be a happy ending. Homeowners across America can learn techniques to break the cycle of repetitive damage and protect their homes, and even enhance its attractiveness and value.
November 20, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- In just one month, state and federal officials have approved more than $23 million in disaster recovery funds to help the nearly 20,000 individuals who have applied for help following the Oct. 17-31 floods in south and central Texas. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM) today released the following figures on the status of disaster recovery assistance in the 36 declared counties as of the close of business Sat., Nov. 21:
November 20, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A toll-free telephone helpline has been set up to assist Texans who want to rebuild homes or businesses damaged by the storms and flooding that started Oct. 17, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM) said today. Experts in hazard mitigation - ways to repair, replace or retrofit structures to protect them against floods and other natural disasters - will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 1-800-628-5769.
November 19, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Hours of operation for the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) established to provide victims of the Oct.17-31 floods with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with disaster workers will change Sunday, Nov. 22 as follows: Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday
November 19, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Anyone unable to work as a result of the October floods, including those who are self-employed, may be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits through the state and federal disaster recovery assistance program. State and federal officials are urging anyone who might qualify to apply as soon as possible for their benefits.

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