Governor Abbott requests federal aid after severe storms in North Texas | Texas Governor’s Office
Governor Greg Abbott today announced his request for a disaster declaration from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) for communities in Texas affected by severe weather and tornadoes earlier this month in northeastern counties. east of Texas. An SBA disaster declaration would make federal disaster assistance available to those affected in Lamar and Morris counties and their contiguous counties: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Marion, Red River, Titus and Upshur.
“The State of Texas continues to work to ensure that North Texans affected by recent severe weather can receive the help and support they need to recover,” Governor Abbott said. “If approved, this designation would help communities in Northeast Texas access low-interest loans through the SBA to rebuild homes and businesses that have suffered physical or economic damage. I thank TDEM for working with the SBA to help determine the state’s eligibility for assistance. Together, we’re helping Texans rebuild after these storms.”
Following severe weather earlier this month, Governor Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to work with local authorities to identify damage in affected communities and to work with the SBA to share documentation needed to determine Texas eligibility for assistance. Local, state and federal authorities have conducted damage assessments in affected areas, verifying that Lamar and Morris counties meet federally required thresholds for SBA assistance.
If approved, the program would provide long-term, low-interest loans through the SBA’s Disaster Grant Programs to eligible Texas homeowners, tenants, and business owners who have suffered damages and losses.
Read the governor’s letter.