North Texas flood victims could get help as governor asks for more federal aid
Federal flood funds could provide long-term, low-interest loans to eligible Texans
HOUSTON (CW39) – When North Texas was hit with massive rains, roads turned into rivers in August. Now, federal aid may be on the way to help those affected by the torrential rains.
Governor Greg Abbott today asked the US Small Business Administration’s Texas Emergency Management Division to determine the state’s eligibility for assistance following last month’s major flooding in the north from Texas.
Following a review of damage assessment information provided by Texans using the Texas Individual State Assessment Tool (iSTAT), state and local officials estimate that flood damage are sufficient to meet SBA reporting requirements.
“The State of Texas thanks all North Texas residents affected by the August flooding who submitted damage information through the Self-Reported Damage Surveys,” Governor Abbott said. “This information has helped local and state officials determine eligibility for federal assistance, and we are working quickly to help Texans and ensure our communities have all available state and federal resources to recover.”
State officials estimate that of the more than 1,200 submissions to the iSTAT reporting tool, more than 75 provide adequate damages to qualify Dallas and adjoining counties for federal disaster assistance through the through the SBA.
If approved, federal disaster assistance through the SBA would be available for affected Texans in Dallas County and Collin, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. The program would provide long-term, low-interest loans to eligible Texans through the SBA’s disaster grant programs.