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 9, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Although disaster recovery assistance programs are important in helping flood survivors get back on their feet, there is no substitute for the broad-ranging benefits of flood insurance now available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Flood insurance goes much further in rebuilding lives and homes after a disaster.
November 6, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Individuals who suffered damages during the Oct. 17-31 flooding in Atascosa, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces and San Jacinto counties are now eligible to apply for disaster-recovery assistance. This brings the number of counties now eligible for a variety of federal and state assistance to 32.
November 5, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- State and local governments, special tax districts and certain nonprofit organizations in 22 storm-damaged counties can now apply for financial assistance to recoup flood-related losses to road systems, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, public utility systems and park and recreational facilities, according to federal and state officials.
November 5, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Individuals who have applied for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA ) and have questions about their application may now call the FEMA Helpline (1-800-525-0321, or TTY 1-800-660-8005) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. "We are urging individuals with questions concerning their teleregistration application to call the Helpline now," said Federal Coordinating Officer Robert E. Hendrix. "The Helpline puts disaster recovery information just a phone-call away for individuals affected by the recent storms."
November 4, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- To help local governments and eligible private nonprofit organizations apply for federal disaster recovery assistance, a series of briefings is scheduled for all the declared counties affected by the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that occurred Oct.17 - 31. The Public Assistance/Infrastructure Program provides federal funds to reimburse costs up to 75 percent for removing debris, conducting emergency activities and repairing levees, roads, bridges, utility and water control facilities, public buildings and parks.
November 3, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Individuals who applied for help following the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that began Oct. 17, already may have received a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to state and federal disaster-recovery officials. "It's very important that people read these letters carefully," said Ed Laundy, State Coordinating Officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM). "It gives them detailed information regarding their teleregistration application."

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