Presidential Disaster Declaration granted

Presidential Disaster Declaration granted

On Oct. 4, a Presidential Disaster Declaration was granted for six Southeast Texas counties affected by Tropical Storm Imelda, which means flood victims can apply for FEMA assistance. Individual Assistance includes up to $35,500 per household for damages sustained during the severe weather and will be available for qualified residents of  Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery and Orange counties.

"I want to thank the President and FEMA for swiftly responding to Texas' call for assistance following Tropical Storm Imelda," said Governor Abbott in a press release. "The state of Texas' collaboration with the federal government will ensure our communities in the Gulf Coast region are equipped with the resources they need to recover as quickly as possible."

On Oct. 1, Governor Abbott sent a letter to President Trump requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for six counties in the Gulf Coast region that sustained severe flooding that caused widespread damage. On Friday, Trump granted Abbott’s request that will provide Individual Assistance. 

For more information on how to apply for Individual Assistance, residents of these six counties can call (800) 621-FEMA or visit 

As of Oct. 7, FEMA has approved eight Individual Assistance applications in the area, with a total of $39,075.34 approved so far.