Texas Tropical Storm Fay (DR-1434)

Incident period: September 6, 2002 to September 30, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 26, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 8, 2002
News Release
San Antonio, TX -- Flash floods can begin and end within just a few hours, often cutting a deadly path of devastation. And you don't have to live near the water to experience flooding. Floods can occur from heavy rains, levees breaking or sewage backup. Standard homeowner's insurance does not cover flood damage, as many Texans discovered in the aftermath of the recent flooding. However, there is assistance available to those who live in communities that choose to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
October 7, 2002
News Release
San Antonio, TX -- State and federal officials announce that individual assistance is available for residents of Jim Wells County who were affected by Tropical Storm Fay. The county was added to the list of the eligible counties based on a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials. On September 26, President Bush declared nine counties in Texas as major disaster areas. The county of Jim Wells will be added to the declared counties of Brazoria, Frio, Galveston, La Salle, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, San Patricio and Wharton.
October 7, 2002
News Release
San Antonio, TX -- According to federal and state recovery officials, a grant program is available to those affected by Tropical Storm Fay who live in the nine declared counties. The Individual and Family Grant Program covers the costs of disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other programs. This program provides a "safety net" for those affected who have exhausted all other means of assistance and still have disaster-related financial obligations which they cannot meet.
October 7, 2002
News Release
San Antonio, TX -- State and federal officials announce the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located in Pearsall will be open Monday-Friday (Oct. 7-11). The DRC was originally scheduled to be open for three days (Oct.7-9) but officials have extended the operating time. Those affected by Tropical Storm Fay and who live in the nine declared counties may visit the center at: Community Center 411 N. Willow Pearsall, TX 78061 Open: Oct. 7-11 Hours: 9-6
October 5, 2002
News Release
San Antonio, TX -- Less than ten days following the federal disaster declaration by President George W. Bush on September 26, more than $1 million in disaster housing assistance has been approved for those in the nine declared counties affected by Tropical Storm Fay. To date, more than 2,300 applications for assistance have been received from individuals who sustained disaster losses. The Disaster Housing Program includes assistance for basic housing repairs, short-term rental assistance or reimbursement of hotel/motel expenses.
October 4, 2002
News Release
San Antonio, TX -- As Texans rebuild from Tropical Storm Fay, many of those people, in the nine declared counties, will seek contractors to help in the process of rebuilding their homes. Most contractors are reputable individuals. Some, however, may try to take advantage of urgent repair needs in the wake of a disaster, and take advantage of victims. Don't be a victim twice. Look first to licensed local contractors who have performed well in the past. If they cannot help you, ask them to recommend reputable contractors.

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