Harris County Officials Working To Submit Federal Disaster Declaration

Officials expect thousands of homes, businesses and vehicles to be damaged by the historic flooding.

Harris County officials are still working to get a federal disaster declaration for Greater Houston.

It would allow residents and local governments to tap into the resources of the federal government to assist in the recovery effort.

The application requires certain processes.

"What they do is fly over the entire area and that way they produce maps and they can see where the flooding was," explained Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. "And then we get the individual assessments, a lot of that comes from homes and facilities. Then we have to gather the 34 jurisdictions within Harris County, all the cities, even some of them that weren’t impacted heavily. They still have to submit something, because it is the county that submits not the city. We put all that together and we're pushing as hard as we can."

Judge Emmett says he expects Harris County to submit its application sometime on Wednesday.

Officials have confirmed that 744 homes and 400 apartments have been flooded and expect the number to grow to.


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