Governor Abbott Seeks Federal Aid After North Texas Floods | Texas Governor’s Office

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September 13, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott today requested a disaster declaration from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) for communities in Texas affected by last month’s major flooding in North Texas. An SBA designation would make federal disaster assistance available to those affected in Dallas County and its contiguous counties: Collin, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant.

“The State of Texas continues to work to ensure that Texans affected by last month’s flooding can receive the help and support needed to recover,” Governor Abbott said. “If approved, residents and businesses in Dallas County and surrounding North Texas could access long-term, low-interest loans through the SBA to address economic and to physical damage to homes and businesses. I thank TDEM for working with the SBA to determine eligibility for state assistance, and I look forward to the SBA helping Texans recover and move on. forward.”

Governor Abbott last week asked the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to initiate discussions with the SBA and share the documents needed to determine Texas’s eligibility for flood relief. last month in North Texas. Local, state and federal authorities have conducted damage assessments in North Texas, which verify that Dallas County meets federally required thresholds for SBA assistance. Officials also reviewed damage assessment information provided by the Texans using the Texas Individual State Assessment Tool (iSTAT).

If approved, the program would provide long-term, low-interest loans through the SBA’s Disaster Grant Programs to eligible Texans whose homes and businesses were damaged.

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