Texas: Governor Abbott Issues Storm Damage Disaster Declaration For Cameron County

~ Cameron County residents were impacted by severe storms and a tornado over the weekend, prompting Governor Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration.

The Governor directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to request joint disaster damage assessments with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to determine the state's eligibility for federal disaster assistance for Texans whose properties were damaged during the severe storms late last week.

"To help Texans rebuild and recover, I issued a disaster declaration for Cameron County to help repair property damaged during last week's severe weather," said Governor Abbott. "All Texans affected by this storm should report damages through the iSTAT damage survey so state and local officials can determine whether the state qualifies for federal assistance."

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If the damage sustained qualifies for an SBA administrative disaster declaration, the SBA can provide low-interest loans through its disaster programs to eligible Texans whose homes and businesses were damaged during the severe weather.

Texans are encouraged to self-report property damage using iSTAT at damage.tdem.texas.gov, which is available in English and Spanish. TDEM continues to have recovery personnel engaged in Cameron County to support local officials and the community recover from this storm damage. A Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) is now open in Cameron County at Port Isabel Event Center, 309 Rail Road Street, Port Isabel, TX 78578 and will be operational through 5:00 pm today.

Governor Abbott thanked TDEM for their ongoing assistance in Cameron County as they continue providing all available support and resources to Texans and their community as they begin moving forward from this storm.

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