Texas Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1274)

Incident period: May 4, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 6, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 22, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The Disaster Recovery Center at the DeKalb Middle School will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. The Center provides information and assistance to individuals and businesses in Bowie, Red River, and Titus counties that suffered damages from the May 4 tornadoes. "Our disaster assistance staff will join local residents in pausing to reflect on this important national holiday," said Ed Laundy, State Coordinating Officer. The center will resume it's 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule on Tuesday morning. The center is closed on Sundays.
May 21, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- Titus County has been included in the federal disaster declaration following the May 4 tornadoes that also severely impacted Bowie and Red River counties. Sharon Stoffel, Federal Coordinating Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), announced the designation following a review of additional information regarding damages incurred in Titus County.
May 21, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- In just two weeks, state and federal officials have approved more than $536,785 in disaster recovery funds to help more than 69 individuals who have applied for help following the May 4 tornadoes that injured 22 people and killed one in Northeast 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 two declared counties, as of the close of business, Thursday, May 20:
May 21, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- Residents of Bowie and Red River counties who suffered damages as a result of the March 4 tornadoes, and have registered for disaster recovery assistance are urged to fill out and return their loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as quickly as possible.
May 21, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The DeKalb Unmet Needs Committee has established a hot line (667-3731), which will be activated Monday, May 24, and be available for those tornado victims who have urgent needs that have not been met through traditional recovery programs. The hot line will be available for calls from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, on Mondays and Tuesdays until further notice.
May 18, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- Tax breaks will be available for residents and businesses of Bowie and Red River counties which have been declared disaster areas by state and federal authorities. These two counties were hit by tornadoes earlier this month. The State Comptroller's staff has a temporary table--with information available--in the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the DeKalb Middle School Gym, at 845 Front Street, to help business owners apply for tax extensions and exemptions.

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