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Angelina County emergency manager explains how East Texans can apply for flood damage aid

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Deep East Texas has experienced a lot of flooding over the past couple of weeks.

"Well we've had a lot of damage. We've had a lot of flooding. Houses got flooded, roads got washed away," said Angelina County Emergency Management Coordinator Don Morris. "We just had a tremendous amount of rain over a short period of time."

Both Angelina and Nacogdoches counties have declared a state of emergency to receive aid from FEMA.

"We have been included in the disaster only for public assistance. We have not had individual assistance yet, but we hope that will happen soon,” Morris said.

Morris said this shouldn't discourage individuals or businesses from applying for relief.

"We encourage anyone who has had damage from the flooding we recently had to call the FEMA and register,” Morris explained.

Morris said registering is a good idea, because if FEMA sees a large amount of people with damage in Angelina and Nacogdoches counties, they might declare them for individual aid quickly.

"Registering is just a simple matter; it's nothing real hard. They make it very simple,” Morris explained.

Those who are interested should apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362 or (800-462-7585.

According to the Small Business Administration, if you live in a county adjacent to a declared disaster state, you can apply for a loan if your business has flood damage. So since Rusk County is one of the declared counties, Nacogdoches County businesses can apply. Their website is SBA.gov/Disaster.

Morris said he believes FEMA will declare individual aid to Deep East Texas counties soon, but said people who register now will have an upper hand.

“Anybody that registers that has damage ought to be ahead of the ball game,” Morris said “ They can go ahead and be in the system and be ready to go."

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