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Recovery Process Underway In Brazoria And Fort Bend Counties After Flooding

Four-thousand residents have seen their homes impacted by flooding in Fort Bend County, while some parts of Brazoria are still surrounded by high water.

Some parts of Brazoria County are still surrounded by high water. This file photo shows a home located in the Angleton area that was flooded due to the severe weather south east Texas has experienced since the end of May.
Some parts of Brazoria County are still surrounded by high water. This file photo shows a home located in the Angleton area that was flooded due to the severe weather Southeast Texas has experienced since the end of May.

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Texas because of the severe storms and flooding the state has suffered since the end of May.

The President’s declaration makes federal funding available for individuals who live in 12 counties, including Brazoria and Fort Bend.

Fort Bend County workers are already removing debris and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are establishing recovery centers.

The assistance provided by FEMA can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, as well as low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses.

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert says 4,000 residents have seen their homes flooded and the losses in public infrastructure are estimated at $14 million so far.

“These are damages to county and city and state-owned properties,” explains Hebert, who specifies the damage has impacted bridges and creeks, among other things.

The damage to public property is also in the millions in Brazoria County, according to County Judge Matt Sebesta.

Sebesta notes that, although they are entering the recovery phase, some parts of the area, like the town of Holiday Lakes, are still surrounded by high water.

As part of the recovery efforts, hundreds of Red Cross workers are deployed in Brazoria, Fort Bend and other counties distributing cleaning products and other supplies.

“We’ve been providing things like rakes and shovels. I spoke with a client who had actually been using the shovels to not only clean up the debris in her house, but she also had a lot of snakes that had been left there as the water receded,” said Mallory Scheve, a Red Cross spokesperson.

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