Damage from Imelda Needs to Be Reported, Houston Leaders Say

The storm battered much of southeast Texas last week, and officials still are surveying many of the worst-flooded areas. It’s not clear if the region had enough damage for Gov. Greg Abbott to request FEMA assistance.

by Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle / September 26, 2019
In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Interstate 10 at the San Jacinto River is shut down in both directions after multiple barges collided with the bridge in Houston, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Imelda. Highway officials say the I-10 San Jacinto Bridge near Houston has reopened after the barge collision. The Texas Department of Transportation on Wednesday, Sept. 25 tweeted that two I-10 westbound lanes are now open, along with two eastbound lanes. AP

(TNS) — Houston leaders are urging residents to report any damage to their homes from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda so that officials can better assess whether the region will qualify for federal disaster funds.

The storm battered much of southeast Texas last week, and officials from various agencies still are surveying many of the worst-flooded parts of the state. It is not yet clear if the region sustained enough damage for Gov. Greg Abbott to request assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Houston residents who have been affected should report damages to the city’s 311 service line, officials said.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday that roughly 800 homes had been affected in the Houston area, though he said that number could reach as high as 1,5000 once final assessments are completed. County officials have reported similar figures.

The mayor and County Judge Lina Hidalgo also are asking for donations to an emergency recovery fund launched last week to provide immediate assistance to affected homeowners. Turner said Wednesday that the fund already has received a $150,000 donation from the grocery chain HEB, as well as an anonymous, $100,000 donation.

robert.downen@chron.com

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