Texas Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1379)
Incident period: June 5, 2001 to June 20, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 9, 2001
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
August 24, 2001
Houston, TX, August 24, 2001 -- Only ten weeks after President Bush declared a major disaster for the State of Texas, 109,000 residents have registered for assistance and $685 million in federal and state disaster aid has been provided to affected families and businesses. This includes $158.2 million approved to help with temporary housing costs and $304 million approved in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans. The state also has approved $184 million in grants for other disaster-related needs.
August 22, 2001
Houston, TX -- Last week federal and state disaster officials reported that 50,000 residents affected from Tropical Storm Allison had visited the Disaster Recovery Centers located throughout the Houston area. "This truly is an extraordinary number," said Duke Mazurek, state-coordinating official for the recovery effort. "People sometimes need to talk to a disaster representative face-to-face and this is their opportunity."
August 22, 2001
Houston, TX -- The Federal/State Scarborough Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) has relocated from Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4040Watonga Road to Candlelight Church of Christ, 4215 Watonga Road, in Houston. The center opens August 23 at 8 a.m. and will operate until further notice. All DRCs are open daily, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, all centers will close for the Labor Day weekend beginning September 1 through the 3rd and will reopen the following morning.
August 20, 2001
Houston, TX -- Federal and state disaster officials reported that 220 public facilities, utilities, and local and state governments, including 70 Private-Non-Profits (PNPs) and 42 school districts have applied for disaster infrastructure assistance due to Tropical Storm Allison. "We made an extra effort to reach eligible applicants," said Duke Mazurek, state-coordinating officer for the recovery effort. "Early in the disaster, we formed an Education Task Force to identify and contact school districts that may have needed disaster assistance."
August 17, 2001
Houston, TX -- Individuals affected by Tropical Storm Allison have until September 7 to register for disaster assistance, according to state and federal officials. "We want to remind people of the rapidly approaching deadline, and emphasize that anyone affected by Tropical Storm Allison should register," said Duke Mazurek, state coordinating officer for the Division of Emergency Management (DEM), Texas Department of Public Safety.
August 15, 2001
Houston, TX -- Free legal services are available to those affected by Tropical Storm Allison who have disaster-related legal questions and live in the 31 Southeast Texas counties declared a federal disaster. "Once flood victims' food, clothing and shelter needs are met, they may encounter legal questions concerning lost documents, landlord-tenant disputes, or probate matters," said Lynne Liberato, a Houston attorney and immediate past president of the State Bar.