Texas Hurricane Dolly (DR-1780)

Incident period: July 22, 2008 to August 1, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on July 24, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 27, 2008
News Release
McALLEN, Texas -- With more than $25.6 million in disaster housing funds issued to thousands of South Texans in the wake of Hurricane Dolly, state and federal officials advise recipients that it is important for these checks to be used only for disaster-related damages or losses.? In order to speed funds to eligible applicants, the U.S. Treasury Department issues the assistance check, with a brief notice, explaining that the funds are for disaster-related emergency needs, and that a separate letter is being mailed from FEMA specifying the use of the disaster aid.
August 25, 2008
News Release
McALLEN, Texas -- Of the 687 households that have received $4,802,694 in assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for uninsured items, many of them were compensated for flooded wells and septic systems.  If you think that flooding to your well and septic system is covered by insurance, you may want to confirm what your policy covers.  The well, including the pump and water storage tank maybe outside the home.  The same is true of the underground septic system.  In most cases, wells and septic systems are not covered by homeowner or flood insurance. 
August 23, 2008
News Release
McALLEN, Texas -- Don't let half-truths and rumors cause you to miss out on the federal disaster assistance made available for those devastated by Hurricane Dolly. Federal and state officials agree the last thing people need after suffering losses is misinformation. The following adds clarification for some common misconceptions about disaster assistance:
August 22, 2008
News Release
McALLEN, Texas -- A month after Hurricane Dolly wreaked havoc in the Rio Grande Valley, more than $26.1 million has been approved to help those individuals, families, businesses and infrastructure affected by the storm. The Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that $26,084,092.00 has been approved to help individuals and households in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties.
August 21, 2008
News Release
McALLEN, Texas -- Another federal-state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Friday, Aug. 22, in Cameron County to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Hurricane Dolly. The new DRC will be at the Trinity Home Care Hall, 405 Farm-to-Market Road 506, Santa Rosa, Texas, 78593. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Seven DRCs are now open to help those affected by Hurricane Dolly Cameron County
August 20, 2008
News Release
McALLEN, Texas -- The most effective way to help individuals or families in the wake of a hurricane or other disaster is to make cash donations to known organizations. Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) say this applies to the recovery for Hurricane Dolly in the Rio Grande Valley as well.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Texas, FEMA-1780-DR (PDF 37KB)
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