Last Updated: Sunday, May 31, 2015

President Barack Obama declares disaster for Texas


President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Texas following recent flooding in the area.

He ordered federal aid to supplement other recovery efforts in the area affected by severe weather. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Harris, Hays, and Van Zandt counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA) mentioned in a press release issued on May 30, 2015.

At least 24 people have died after historic week of flooding in Texas. More than 4,000 structures have been damaged by floods in Houston since Monday that hit the fourth-biggest U.S. city. Storms dumped seven inches on Austin on Monday and as much as 11 inches overnight on Monday in the Houston area.

Affected individuals and business owners in designated areas can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.

News Source: http://www.fema.gov/