Congressman Kevin Brady, County Judge Craig Doyal, and Commissioner James Noack inspected flood-damaged areas and homes Wednesday with FEMA representatives as the county makes it cases to be included in a presidential disaster declaration.
A federal declaration will open the doors for federal dollars to assist Montgomery County residents in recovering from the recent floods.
“The flooding caused significant devastation to our community, so we appreciate Congressman Brady taking time out from his duties in Washington D.C. to tour flood-affected areas with FEMA officials to help them understand the extent of that devastation,” Judge Doyal said.
Judge Doyal, Commissioner Noack and Rep. Brady met with one resident in Precinct 3 whose home had been damaged, and toured other flood-damaged areas as well. Rep. Brady, chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, said he was hopeful, after viewing the damage, that Montgomery County will qualify for federal disaster assistance.
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Darren Hess said the county is collecting information from local governments and residents to develop a damage assessment. The county can qualify for two separate programs: public assistance – designed to repair roads, bridges and government facilities – and individual assistance – designed to provide direct aid to help flood victims recover.
“It is vitally important that our local governments and Montgomery County residents come forward to report any damages they have experienced from the recent flooding,” Hess said.
Those reporting damage may go to the Emergency Management Web site and utilize online forms at http://www.mctxoem.org/go/site/1945/ or they may call 936-523-3916 or the United Way 281-292-4155 ext. 245. This will help the Office of Emergency Management prepare a formal assessment of the total number of affected structures; this is required for the County and State to qualify for federal recovery assistance.
Congressman Kevin Brady, County Judge Craig Doyal and Commissioner James Noack visit
with a resident whose home was affected by the April 2016 flooding.