Governor Abbott Announces SBA Assistance For South Texas Storms

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved his request for a disaster declaration for communities affected by severe thunderstorms, large hail, and damaging winds that occurred on April 28. The counties included in the declaration are Hidalgo County and its contiguous counties: Brooks, Cameron, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy counties.

The Governor expressed his gratitude to the Texas Division of Emergency Management for working closely with the SBA to determine that the eligibility requirements were met for Hidalgo County and surrounding counties. He also stated that Texas will continue to provide support and assistance for homeowners and businesses as they rebuild and recover from storm damage.

The SBA granted access to its Physical Disaster Loan program for homes and businesses, as well as its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Local, state, and federal officials conducted an analysis of damage sustained in impacted communities which verified that Hidalgo County meets the federally required thresholds for SBA assistance. Officials also reviewed disaster damage information self-reported by Texans through Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) surveys.

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The Governor requested this SBA declaration on May 19th after issuing a disaster declaration on May 10th for impacted residents in South Texas who suffered damage to homes and businesses. He also directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to activate state emergency response resources and increase the readiness level of the State Operations Center to support requests for assistance from local officials as severe storms moved through the state.

SBA loan applicants may apply online or call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Additional disaster assistance information can be found at along with applications available for download.

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