Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas after storm

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WASHINGTON – More aid is on its way to Texas in the wake of the devastating and deadly winter storm that hit all parts of the state this week.

Editor’s Note: The above video is from Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Friday update.

President Biden approved the state’s request for a declaration of major disaster. This makes federal funding available for those affected by the storm in the following counties: Angelina, Aransas, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Falls, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gillespie, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall , Lavaca, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Montague, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rockwall, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson and Wise.

Governor Abbott thanked the president, saying it was a big step in the recovery of the state.

“I thank President Biden for his assistance as we respond to the impacts of winter conditions in our state,” Governor Abbott said in a statement on Saturday. While this partial approval is an important first step, Texas will continue to work with our federal partners to ensure all eligible Texans have access to the relief they need. Funds provided under the Major Disaster Declaration can provide crucial aid to early Texans in repairing their homes and repairing property damage.

Help can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to get Texans back on their feet.

You can start seeking help online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

Federal assistance is also available for qualifying states, tribes, local governments, and some nonprofit organizations.

President Biden is expected to visit Texas at some point next week, although no date has been set. The president said he didn’t want to be a distraction from recovery efforts.

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