SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- In just one month, state and federal officials have approved more than $23 million in disaster recovery funds to help the nearly 20,000 individuals who have applied for help following the Oct. 17-31 floods in south and central Texas.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (DEM) today released the following figures on the status of disaster recovery assistance in the 36 declared counties as of the close of business Sat., Nov. 21:
- 19,844 calls were received at the National Teleregistration Center (1-800-462-9029, TTY 1-800-462-7585). Those who suffered flood losses called to register for federal and state aid, including housing assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, low-interest loans, income tax and social security assistance, veteran's assistance, serious needs and necessary expenses, and flood insurance information.
Following is a list of 36 declared counties and the number of applications received from those counties:
Atascosa 34 Fayette 39 Matagorda 28 Austin 127 Fort Bend 117 Medina 11 Bastrop 219 Galveston 64 Montgomery 463 Bexar 4,728 Goliad 61 Nueces 528 Blanco 11 Gonzales 613 Refugio 55 Brazoria 56 Guadalupe 3,127 San Jacinto 101 Burleson 85 Harris 705 San Patricio 21 Caldwell 466 Hays 1,051 Travis 362 Calhoun 53 Jackson 20 Victoria 1,190 Colorado 81 Jefferson 23 Waller 284 Comal 2,071 Karnes 99 Wharton 729 DeWitt 1,607 Liberty 95 Wilson 416
- 18,810 registered individuals contacted FEMA's Helpline (1-800-525-0321, TTY 1-800-660-8005) with questions about the status of their disaster assistance application, filling out SBA forms or ways to rebuild to reduce future damages.
- Recovery Centers after they had registered for assistance. The centers give flood victims the opportunity to speak face-to-face with recovery specialists about disaster assistance and ask questions about their application. Seven centers remain open as of Nov. 23.
- 1,459 families and individuals have been app...