FEMA teams arrive to assess flood damage


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on November 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 2:02 PM

AUSTIN -- More than a week after the deadly Halloween floods swept through Southeast Austin, the funding needed to help clean it up is starting to arrive.

Both state and federal officials are in the neighborhood Friday to help hundreds of homeowners re-build their lives.

Three groups of men and women with FEMA are on the ground doing preliminary damage assessments in Travis, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson Counties. Members will spend the afternoon looking at what all that water did to area homes.

Friday morning they met with leaders from the Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center to get a local perspective on the flood. They are also gathering information on what's currently being done to help neighbors, as well as talking to neighbors themselves.

When they finish their assessment they will take the information back to Governor Rick Perry so a determination can be made as far as what they can do to help.

The federal government isnt the only group providing aid. State Representatives Eddie Rodriguez and Paul Workman, as well as State Senator Judith Zaffirini, have announced the creation of a relief fund for communities ravaged by flooding across Travis County.

They will also announce plans to host two town hall meetings to discuss current and long-term rebuilding efforts.

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