AUSTIN (KXAN) — Perfectly suited for Christmas Eve, FEMA has granted Governor Abbott’s request for public assistance to sixteen counties hit by the severe Halloween floods of October. The governor replied, “I want to thank FEMA for their prompt response. Texas is working with our FEMA partners to ensure that all Texans receive the assistance they need. In late November FEMA approved individual assistance to people for their homes and businesses. The new money will help local communities repair things like roads, bridges, schools and other public property that was damaged.
Only recently has traffic resumed on the rebuilt Post Road Bridge over the Blanco River in San Marco, which was damaged in the May floods. Linda Marraga says, “I do rely on this bridge and it was a hassle when it went out. We come through here a lot and we noticed it was open so we’re coming through again.” Kristen Peters says she had stopped relying on the bridge, “We got used to having to go around another way for so many months. It was definitely a problem.”
In Wimberley, Christmas carolers reacted with smiles at the news of the latest FEMA approval. Rebecca Cook smiled, “I feel blessed, it really is Christmas Eve, its a gift to our community and I say thank you.” Elizabeth Lee thought the FEMA response might have come more quickly but she understands a lot of people need help in a lot of places, including Wimberley, “It’s affected our businesses here, there are so many people out of their homes, so the more help we get from the government we thankfully take it.”
And a reminder for anyone affected by the May and October storms. FEMA says if you registered for help after the May flood but were hit again this fall you need to register with them a second time.
FEMA granted public assistance for 11 counties in the Nov. 24 disaster declaration, including Bastrop, Hays and Travis counties. Public assistance was also granted for an additional five counties.
You can find out if you’re eligible for individual assistance at the Disaster Assistance website.