FEMA awards more than $81 million for Harris County property acquisition

AUSTIN, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $81 million to the Harris County Flood Control District for the acquisition of 502 flood-prone homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Once the structures are removed, the land will be dedicated and maintained as open space to conserve natural floodplain functions.  Previously, the Harris County Flood Control District was awarded more than $77 million to acquire and remove 463 residential structures. These awards are part of a larger project to acquire and remove 985 flood-prone properties in Harris County....

Friday, August 31, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, August 31, 2018 FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for Friday, August 31, 2018 Significant Activity - August 30-31 Significant Events: Flooding – Wisconsin Tropical Activity: •Atlantic – Potential Tropical Cyclone Six – High (90%); Disturbance 1: Low (10%) •Eastern Pacific – Hurricane Norman (CAT 4); Disturbance 1: High (90%) •Central Pacific – Hurricane Miriam (CAT 1) •Western Pacific – Super Typhoon Jebi (25W) (CAT 5) Significant Weather: •Severe thunderstorms possible – Central Plains to Middle/Upper Mississippi valleys and Great Lakes •Flash flooding possible – Middle/Upper Mississippi...

Corpus Christi Hooks pitch in for recovery

AUSTIN, Texas — When 20 members of the Corpus Christi Hooks front office staff showed up to help restore Doug Fitzgerald’s home two weeks after Hurricane Harvey, it reminded him of him of a different baseball team he used to watch growing up.  “I’m from Pittsburgh. … The Pirates’ slogan is ‘We are family,’ and that’s what it felt like,” said Fitzgerald, who works as an usher for the Houston Astros’ minor league affiliate in south Texas. “My wife cried when she saw all those people coming up to help us.” The...

August 30, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 30, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 29-30 Significant Events: Flooding - WI Tropical Activity:   •  Atlantic – Topical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours  •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Norman; Disturbance 1: Low (20%)  •  Central Pacific – Tropical Storm Miriam   •  Western Pacific – Tropical Storm Jebi 25W Significant Weather:   •  Heavy rain with Flash flooding possible - Central Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley   •  Critical Fire Weather conditions - WY & CO  •  Elevated Fire Weather...

Flood protections keep Texas Children’s Hospital running through Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas — The United States’ largest children’s hospital was fully prepared when record-breaking rainfall stemming from Hurricane Harvey caused historic, catastrophic flooding across southeast Texas last year. Texas Children’s Hospital kept its doors open and kept saving lives as Houston flooded during the five-day storm. The hospital’s main facility canceled elective and most outpatient services, but it never turned away any patients. The hospital was able to deliver uninterrupted inpatient care because of mitigation measures such as floodgates that prevented its main facility from flooding, even as 3-foot-high water rushed through streets...

August 29, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 29, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 28-29 Significant Events: Flooding - WI Tropical Activity:   •  Atlantic – Topical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours  •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Miriam; Tropical Storm Norman; Disturbance 1: Low (near 40%)  •  Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Lane   •  Western Pacific – Tropical Storm Jebi 25W Significant Weather:   •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Central Plains, Middle/Upper Mississippi valleys to Great Lakes  •  Heavy rain with Flash flooding possible - Central Plains, Middle/Upper...

Flood Aid Recipients: Get Insurance to Stay Eligible for Repeat Assistance

AUSTIN, TX – If disaster strikes once, it can strike again. Make sure you remain eligible for assistance from the federal government by buying and maintaining flood insurance. Some residents in high-risk areas must maintain flood coverage or risk missing out on future federal aid. If your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program and your property is in a high-risk zone known as a Special Flood Hazard area (SFHA), you are required by law to purchase and maintain flood insurance if you have received federal disaster assistance for flood damage....

Deadline to Register One Week Away and DRCs Closing, but Help Still Available

AUSTIN, TX– The deadline for registering for federal disaster assistance is one week away, and disaster recovery centers will be closing. But the assistance doesn’t stop when FEMA leaves. After the centers close, survivors whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms and flooding can still get updates about applications, learn about the appeals process or check the status of their claim the following ways: Or, visit fema.gov/mobile-app to download the app.Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and...

August 28, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 28, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 27-28 Significant Events: None Tropical Activity:   •  Atlantic – Topical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours  •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Miriam; Disturbance 1: High (90%); Disturbance 2: Low (near 0%)  •  Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Lane   •  Western Pacific – Tropical Storm Jebi 25W Significant Weather:   •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Central Plains, Middle/Upper Mississippi valleys to Great Lakes  •  Heavy rain with Flash flooding possible - Middle/Upper Mississippi valleys to...

August 27, 2018

FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for August 27, 2018 Significant Activity – Aug 24-27 Significant Events: Tropical Cyclone Lane - FINAL; Western Wildfires Tropical Activity:   •  Atlantic – Topical cyclone activity is not expected next 48 hours  •  Eastern Pacific – Tropical Storm Miriam; Disturbance 1: High (90%)  •  Central Pacific – Tropical Depression Lane   •  Western Pacific – Tropical Depression 25W Significant Weather:   •  Severe thunderstorms possible – Upper Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes  •  Flash flooding possible – Upper Mississippi Valley to Great Lakes  •  Elevated fire...

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Hurricane Relief Drive Going Strong - MyWabashValley.com

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