FEMA Completes More Than 5,000 Home Inspections To Assess Imelda Damage In Texas

The agency had issued 15,778 inspections as of October 15, but that number could go up. The deadline to register for federal assistance is December 3.

U.S. Coast Guard
This Sept. 2019 file photo from the U.S. Coast Guard shows a Houston area neighborhood impacted by Tropical Depression Imelda.

FEMA completed 5,015 home inspections in Texas as of October 15 to assess damage caused by Tropical Storm Imelda, according to figures provided by the agency. So far, FEMA has issued a total of 15,778 home inspections in the six counties covered by a federal disaster declaration President Donald Trump signed on Oct. 4.

Imelda was one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history, according to the National Weather Service, and five deaths have been attributed to the storm, which made landfall last month.

In Harris County, FEMA has assessed 1,170 homes out of the 4,518 for which it had issued inspections.

The other counties covered by the federal disaster declaration are: Chambers, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery and Orange.

So far, FEMA has approved more than $14 million in grants to assist with rebuilding and repairs, as well as temporary housing. The agency has also approved more than $2 million in grants for assistance with other needs.

Recovery resources also include low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. So far, the SBA has approved 75 loans totaling $3.4 million.

FEMA has also opened disaster recovery centers in Liberty County and Montgomery County where recovery specialists can help people apply for assistance and answer questions about the federal aid process.

Imelda survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Homeowners and renters could be eligible for grants to help pay for temporary housing and home repairs.

The deadline to register for FEMA assistance is Dec. 3.

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