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 17, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The Disaster Recovery Center in DeKalb will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday, effective Wednesday, May 19. Tornado victims should first register for disaster assistance by calling the toll-free teleregistration number, 1-800-462-9029, or 1-800-462-7585 (TDD) for the hearing and speech impaired.
May 14, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- Residents and business owners in Red River County affected by the May 4 severe storms and tornadoes are now eligible for disaster assistance, announced federal and state recovery officials. Bowie County received a Presidential disaster declaration on May 6, 1999.
May 14, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- Bowie County has been made eligible for full Public Assistance programs, announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The extended disaster declaration will assist government entities and certain non-profit organizations in making permanent repairs to buildings and other infrastructure damaged by the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Bowie County on May 4.
May 14, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Convention, the United Methodist Church and other voluntary organizations have been on hand to help tornado victims in Bowie County, Texas, with food, clothing and immediate needs. Altogether, the agencies have served more than 15,000 meals to victims, emergency workers and volunteers. As federal and state assistance begins to flow into the area the voluntary agencies will continue to help victims with emergency recovery needs.
May 13, 1999
News Release
» Photos WASHINGTON, D.C. -- What once was a haven for over 500 students and staff, is now only a memory and mounds of debris. When a tornado touched down in this Eastern Texas community on May 4, the DeKalb School was destroyed in seconds while 500 children sought shelter in the corridor. Local officials report only 17 injuries and most were minor.
May 11, 1999
News Release
TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management will open a Disaster Recovery Center in DeKalb for victims of the recent severe storms and tornadoes. The Center will open at the DeKalb Middle School, 845 S.W. Front Street on Thursday, May 13. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

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