Gov. Perry requests disaster declaration for flood victims


by KVUE News

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 1:02 PM

AUSTIN -- Governor Rick Perry is requesting a presidential disaster declaration for counties still trying to recover from the Halloween floods.

This declaration would help get federal assistance to support recovery efforts.

Specific requests include:

  • Individual assistance, including the Individual and Households Program, Other Needs Assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal assistance, disaster case management and crisis counseling.
  • Public assistance (all categories).
  • Hazard Mitigation statewide.

Last month, the Small Business Administration granted the governor’s request to provide disaster assistance to the storm victims, which will enable homeowners, renters and businesses in 11 Central Texas counties to apply for long-term, low-interest disaster loans.

The governor has also issued a state disaster proclamation for seven counties. To view the proclamation, go here.

In Travis County one report showed damage is nearly eight times the original estimate, an excess of $100 million.

For information on how you can help by volunteering or donating to flood victims, go here.

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