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 15, 2001
News Release
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.
August 9, 2001
News Release
Houston, TX -- The deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is August 15 for the original 28 counties that received a presidential disaster declaration because of Tropical Storm Allison. The deadline for Grimes and Harrison counties is August 22, while Waller County residents have until August 24. To date, 1,500 residents have received nearly $330,000 in disaster unemployment assistance. DUA benefits are for those who:
August 8, 2001
News Release
Houston, TX -- Two-months after President Bush declared a major disaster for the State of Texas, nearly 105,000 Texans have registered for assistance and $594 million in federal and state disaster aid has been provided to affected families and businesses. This includes $151 million approved to help with temporary housing costs and $239 million approved in U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans. The state also has approved $165 million in grants for other disaster-related needs.
August 7, 2001
News Release
Washington, DC -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $5.8 million to acquire 106 substantially damaged homes in Harris County's 100-year floodplain, FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh announced today. "One of my priorities is to accelerate and streamline the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) process, and I am pleased to announce funding for this third buyout in the Houston area within 60 days of the disaster declaration," Allbaugh said.
August 6, 2001
News Release
Houston, TX -- Individuals who have already applied for disaster assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following the southeast Texas floods may visit any of the ten Disaster Recovery Centers located throughout the Houston area. To date, more than 43,000 people have visited the centers.
August 3, 2001
News Release
Houston, TX -- The state of Texas is looking for energetic and sympathetic people to work as crisis counselors with people affected by flooding in Liberty, Walker and Montgomery Counties. The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR) is providing crisis counseling in 10 Disaster Recovery Centers across the flood-stricken region declared a federal disaster area by President George W. Bush.

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