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Hinojosa announces deep South Texas declared federal disaster area
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U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announces President Obama declares South Texas a federal disaster area. This will result in the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from Hurricane Alex which hit South Texas on June 30, 2010.

The nine designated counties to receive funding are: Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Maverick, Starr, Val Verde, Webb and Zapata.

“This declaration for federal funding could not come soon enough”, said Rep. Hinojosa. “Over the past month I have spent time with federal, state and local officials working to keep the Rio Grande River within its levees and spillways. But there are areas where the river has either breached old levees or overflowed its banks and in those cases, the river has left a trail of destruction. Homes, livestock, agriculture and much needed roads have been destroyed by the flooding. We are hoping for immediate assistance from FEMA to help those who are still suffering from the disaster that was left by and continues from Hurricane Alex”.

Type of Assistance: Individual Assistance: (Assistance to individuals and households):

Designated Counties: Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, Starr, Val Verde, Webb, and Zapata Counties.

Type of Assistance: Public Assistance: (Assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities):

Designated Counties: Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Maverick, Starr, Webb, Willacy, and Zapata Counties.

Type of Assistance: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program: (Assistance to State and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards):

Designated Counties: All counties in the State of Texas are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Other: Additional designations may be made at a later date after further evaluation.

People who want to make a claim for disaster relief funding should call:

1-800-FEMA or 1-800-3362 or visit the FEMA website at: www.disasterassistance.gov
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