May 30, 2015
Hays County and City of San Marcos Emergency Operations Center, San Marcos, TX – HAYS COUNTY FLOOD/STORM VICTIMS NOW ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
Residents of Hays County who sustained losses from the Memorial Weekend floods and storms are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance following a Presidential disaster declaration last night.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Keep in mind that each individual’s losses and needs are different and different types of aid will apply to each person, family and business affected.
Persons in Hays County can register for assistance at
www.DisasterAssistance.gov<http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or through the City of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/smtxfloodfema.
(If you do not have access to the internet you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Immediate needs (shelter, food, clothing, cleaning supplies, etc.) continue to be available locally in San Marcos and Wimberley. Residents of Blanco and Caldwell counties who were affected are welcome to get help through these local services, however, those counties are not part of the current federal disaster declaration.
If you have immediate needs call the Hays County hotline at 512-754-2275 or visit one of the assistance centers. The Community Center in Wimberley will be open until 8 p.m. tonight with a variety of help from local charities, Hays County and state offices such as DPS which will help replace driver licenses lost in the storms. The Disaster Resource Center, after being open Friday and Saturday (today) in Wimberley, will relocate Sunday and Monday to St. John’s Catholic Church, 624 E. Hopkins St. in San Marcos. Citizens may also go to a Victim Resource Center at 206 C.M. Allen Pkwy (old fish hatchery) in San Marcos to pick up needed items or to Cypress Creek Church, 211 Stillwater in Wimberley. Many other charities are offering items as well.
Persons wishing to donate relief supplies are urged to drop them off at 200 Springtown Way in San Marcos between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. The County and City of San Marcos are working together to move supplies to the Wimberley area as needed, since there is no large storage facility there and there are concerns that supplies left outside may be damaged if weather turns bad. If you have items to donate or want to know what is most needed, call the hotline at 512-754-2275.
Preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure (roads, bridges, parks, government buildings and debris removal is already over $32.7 million countywide (includes cities and unincorporated areas). More than 1,200 homes have already been evaluated as having some type of damage and at least 209 of them are considered destroyed. The numbers are expected to increase.
Additional information about COUNTYWIDE assistance, health and safety information, etc., is posted at www.sanmarcostx.gov/smtxflood. This includes information for citizens of Wimberley and the unincorporated areas of Hays County, not just City of San Marcos. Emergency information is posted at www.haysinformed.com.
The County continues to urge residents not to burn piles of debris. The search and recovery effort is still ongoing, and burning piles of debris endanger searchers and smoke prevents search dogs from picking up scents. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.