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FEMA Assesses Flood Damage In Montgomery County To Issue Disaster Declaration

Five hundred homes have reported damage, but officials think that number will increase.

FEMA workers are assessing the damage last month’s floods have caused in Montgomery County.

Representatives of that federal agency were joined on Wednesday, May 4th by U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady and Montgomery County officials, including County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, who visited homes located in communities such as The Woodlands.

Montgomery County officials estimate 500 homes are impacted, but that’s just the number of houses that have reported damage so far.

Darren Hess, deputy director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management, thinks that number could increase to more than 1,000.

“We have homes as far west as Hockley, all the way to the east side of our county, as far north as just around the Willis area,” Hess noted. He added that very few parts of Montgomery County “did not suffer the brunt of the storm.”

The main goal of FEMA workers evaluating the damage in the field is for the federal government to issue a disaster declaration for Montgomery County.

Congressman Brady thinks it will not take long.

“I’m confident by the end of the week, when their assessment is finished, Montgomery County is going to meet the threshold and we’ll get the help we need,” Brady says.

Besides contacting FEMA, officials urge residents and business owners to also get in touch with Montgomery County agencies to report damage.

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