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 1, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- State and federal officials are asking everyone who may have suffered a loss during the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that began Oct. 17 to be on the alert for people trying to cheat them. "I'm sad to say that even in times of disaster and loss, there are some people out there who prey on victims who have already suffered enough," said Federal Coordinating Officer Robert E. Hendrix. "We intend to turn over every report of fraudulent activity to law enforcement for investigation and prosecution, and we urge people to report it to us."
November 1, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Public health officials urge homeowners who have problems with their septic system and private wells to have them professionally checked. Septic Systems: Floodwaters can cause septic tanks to fill up, causing back-flow problems and soil erosion around the septic tank, producing seepage above ground.
November 1, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A Disaster Recovery Center is scheduled to open in Gonzales on Mon. Nov. 2, to serve the victims of the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that began Oct. 17, according to state and federal disaster officials. The center will be located at the Norwest Bank, 301 St. Joseph Street, and will operate on opening day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Subsequent hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Individuals may go to the recovery center to:
October 30, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- As people rebuild following the recent severe storms, flooding and tornadoes, many storm victims will seek contractor services to help in the process. Most contractors are reputable, hard working individuals. Some people, however, try to take advantage of urgent repair needs in the wake of a disaster. Do not be a victim twice. State Coordinating Officer Ed Laundy warns homeowners, "Be especially alert for door-to-door solicitors who hand out make-shift flyers and ask for large cash deposits or advance payments in full."
October 30, 1998
News Release
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Individuals who have called the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teleregistration line to report property damage from the recent storms are being reminded to ask anyone claiming to be an inspector to produce legitimate identification. "With more than 100 federal inspectors at work throughout the 25 declared counties, it is important that people not be taken in by imposters," said Federal Coordinating Officer Robert E. Hendrix. "All of our inspectors are ready and willing to produce their official photo identification."
October 30, 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.

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