Residents of Grimes who suffered personal damage from Hurricane Harvey will be happy to know that Grimes County has been added to the Federal Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance.
But so far as the number of Grimes County folks affected, County Emergency Management Coordinator David Lilly says this was not our biggest rodeo.
We’ve been through more severe flood disasters, Lilly says, but we still had a pretty good number of our folks who were affected; some destroyed, and other severely damaged from water coming into their houses
In the past, Lilly tells Navasota News, FEMA got here pretty quickly. This time, though, it’s another story.
Last year, he says, we had FEMA here on the ground within a day. This time, he says, it’s over a month later. But, Lilly added, we need to understand that FEMA is facing a daunting task.
Besides Harvey, of course,FEMA’s needed in Florida and Puerto Rico, and now in California due to the incredible wildfires there.
But there is additional good news, too. Within the Emergency Funding Bill just passed by Congress, Governor Greg Abbott and members of the Texas Congressional Delegation just identified $11 billion that’s earmarked for flood insurance claims from Harvey’s Texas Victims.
For details, visit disasterassistance.gov,or call 1-800-621-3362.