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East Texas Floods

Severe storms and flooding devastated areas in Texas from March 7 to March 29, 2016.  The President made the Major Disaster Declaration on March 19, 2016. Subsequent flooding has severely impacted many areas of the State of Texas from April 17-30, 2016 and again from May 22-June 24, 2016. 

For DR 4266, the March flooding, Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler Counties. 

For DR-4269, the April flooding, Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Anderson, Austin, Cherokee, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Parker, San Jacinto, Smith, Waller, Wharton, and Wood Counties.

For DR-4272, the May flooding, Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Austin, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Eastland, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Hidalgo, Hood, Kleberg, Lee, Liberty, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, San Jacinto, Stephens, Travis, Tyler, Waller and Washington Counties.

Disaster Legal Services has been implemented for this flooding in Texas.  The hotline number below applies to this activation. It is provided through FEMA under 44 CFR 206.164

Note:  THE FEMA APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS  MAY 19, 2016 for DR-4266- EAST TEXAS AND WAS JULY 29, 2016 FOR DR-4269.  Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS ALSO MAY 19, 2016 FOR DR-4266 AND JULY 29, 2016 FOR DR-4269.  THE FEMA AND SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR DR-4272 IS AUGUST 10, 2016. 

Key resources for those affected by the flooding:

Residents and businesses affected by the March flooding can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov. 

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO FEMA WAS MAY 19, 2016 FOR DR-4266 and JULY 29, 2016 FOR DR-4269.  YOU MUST PUT IN YOUR SBA APPLICATION BY MAY 18, 2016 FOR DR-4266 AND JULY 29,2016 FOR DR-4269 TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE. 

Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov  or via web-enabled phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.  Free legal help is available at 800-504-7030.
  • You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.

 

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