Texas Hurricane Bret (DR-1287)

Incident period: August 21, 1999 to August 26, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 22, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 4, 1999
News Release
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (Texas DEM) are opening a Disaster Recovery Center in each of the 12 south Texas counties affected by Hurricane Bret. The first six will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 7) in Driscoll, Falfurrias, Kingsville, McAllen, Premont, and Raymondville.
September 3, 1999
News Release
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Following further inspections of damages caused by Hurricane Bret, disaster-recovery assistance in 11 South Texas counties has been expanded. Individuals in San Patricio County now are eligible to apply for grants to help pay for temporary housing, minor home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. They also may apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover residential and business losses not fully covered by insurance.
August 26, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The counties of Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells and Webb have been added to the list of Texas jurisdictions designated for federal assistance under President Clinton's major disaster declaration issued for Hurricane Bret last Sunday. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the additional designations were made following a review of damage assessment data from federal and state disaster officials. The action brings to 11 the number of counties that have been qualified for federal aid since the President's declaration.
August 25, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports the remnants of Hurricane Bret crossed the west Texas border into Mexico yesterday, but up to three inches of rain could fall today from the trailing rain bands. NWS flash flood watches have been posted for the western counties in the state.
August 24, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that the remnants of Hurricane Bret continue bringing heavy rain to parts of south Texas. What is left from Bret is centered over northern Mexico this morning. Heavy rain from the system has prompted some concern for flooding.
August 23, 1999
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports Hurricane Bret moved on shore yesterday over a sparsely populated stretch of the Texas coast. Bringing maximum sustained winds up to 130 mph and rainfall amounts of more than a foot in some areas, Bret passed between Brownsville and Corpus Christi, Texas.

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