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Deadline nears for May-June wicked weather assistance

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This bar at Sneaky Pete's has turned into a literal watering hole after days of rain and high winds (Photo: Travis Tipps)
This bar at Sneaky Pete’s has turned into a literal watering hole after days of rain and high winds (Photo: Travis Tipps)

Since the May-June flooding in Texas, federal funds have poured into areas of North Texas.

The deadline to register for FEMA and SBA funds is August 27. These funds are available due to the May 4 to June 22 bouts of severe weather, including intense flooding in some areas.

So far, more than $49 million has been approved statewide in FEMA funding for victims of the disaster. There have been 32,040 registrations within the 47 counties declared disaster areas.

FEMA says 387 of those have come from Denton County, with $347,000 in funds being approved through August 16. For reference, 1,050 registrations have been taken in Dallas County and $1,600,000 in funding has been approved.

Applicants can seek the following types of funding:

  • Federal assistance for Texas farmers and ranchers. Texas has 248,000 farms and ranches, the larges number in the United States. Farmers and ranchers can take advantage of FEMA and SBA help, but also may be eligible for help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Texas Farm Service Agency.
  • Other disaster assistance: Texans looking for info about disaster-related services and needs can call 211, a statewide information and referral service. Relay callers should use 877-541-7905.

Once you apply, FEMA will send you a copy of your application and a “Help After a Disaster: Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals and Households Program,” brochure.

If your home or the contents of it have been damaged, and you aren’t insured or are underinsured, a FEMA inspector could contact you within 10 days after you apply. They will schedule a time to meet you at the home for an inspection.

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