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East Texas Floods
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:
Texas Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-800-504-7030
- SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify.
- Free legal assistance available to storm survivors through a partnership between the Texas Bar Association and their Young Lawyers Section, ABA- Young Lawyers Division and FEMA. Please see the press release for more information.
- Information to assist disaster survivors with general legal issues can be found by contacting Lone Star Legal Aid or Legal Aid of North West Texas or calling the state legal disaster hotline 800 504-7030.
- Texas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-4266)
- Texas Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4269)
- 2015 Texas Flooding- assistance from the nonprofit United Policyholders about Insurance Claims and recovery this can still provide useful information, or see their main page.
- Disaster Unemployment Benefits are available, even for self employed individuals. The DEADLINE for Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Limestone, Marion, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties was APRIL 27, 2016. The deadline for Fayette, Grimes, Harris and Parker (for the 2nd incident period) is MAY 27, 2016. The deadline for Austin, Colorado, Waller and Wharton was June 2, 2016. The deadline for Fort Bend, Liberty, and Montgomery and San Jacinto counties was June 9, 2016
- Tax Relief for Victims of Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding in Texas This means, that for impacted people and businesses, many deadlines were extended to July 15, 2016.
- Tax Relief for Victims of Severe Storms and Flooding in Texas-Houston. This means that many deadlines have been extended to September 1, 2016. this includes their filing of Income Tax Returns.
- Texas Attorney General on Scams
- FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
- American Red Cross Shelter Locator
- Texas' Office of the Governor
- Texas' Division of Emergency Management gives further information about this disaster and state programs available.
- FEMA Disaster Reporter: view pictures of the disaster either in a list view or off a zoomable street level map.
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.
- 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.
Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:
- Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicant