Important news for our neighbors in Burleson County

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From the Office of the Governor:

The federal government today granted Governor Greg Abbott’s federal disaster request for Individual Assistance for Bastrop, Burleson, Eastland, Lee, Liberty, Stephens and Tyler Counties, amending the June 11th disaster declaration following recent flooding across the State of Texas.

Additional counties may be added to the Governor’s request for assistance once they meet the threshold required by the federal government to request federal disaster aid.

Please see our recent posts for more information on how to get assistance.

Register With FEMA Even If You Registered With Other Agencies

Important information from FEMA…

Release date:
June 22, 2016
Release Number:
NR007

AUSTIN, Texas – Reporting damage to a county emergency management agency or getting help from the American Red Cross is not the same as registering for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Many Texas residents affected by the May storms and flooding may have reported damage to their local, state or volunteer agencies. They may have even registered for assistance with those agencies. But that doesn’t mean they’ve applied for federal help.

Survivors can only be considered for federal help if they register with FEMA for each storm that results in a major disaster declaration. While FEMA, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and volunteer agencies often work together, their missions, programs and funding are not the same.

The disaster declaration on June 11 put in place several sources of federal funding for survivors of the May storms in 12 counties. Those counties are Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington.

Disaster survivors may register for assistance the following ways:

  • online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • at a disaster recovery center. To find the nearest one, go to the Disaster Recovery Center Locator atasd.fema.gov/inter/locator.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims been settled.

For more information on the Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the May storms athttp://www.fema.gov/disaster/4272; or visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at txdps.state.tx.us/dem.Follow us on Twitter @femaregion6.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Download fema.gov/mobile-app to locate open shelters and disaster recovery centers, receive severe weather alerts, safety tips and much more.

http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/06/22/register-fema-even-if-you-registered-other-agencies

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center to Open Friday, June 17, at Noon

From the City of Bryan:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center to assist individuals with property losses from the May 26 severe weather event in obtaining information and filing claims for federal assistance. Along with FEMA, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) should be on site to provide assistance.

The Center will open at noon, Friday, June 17, and may remain open through July 30, 2016, depending on need and demand. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Center will be closed on Sundays.

The Center will be located at Bryan High School, Blue Campus, 3450 Campus Drive, Bryan, Texas, 77802. Parking is located at the back of the building and signage will be posted providing directions to Room 6129 where the Center will be located.

Thank you to Bryan ISD for making this location available for our residents impacted by the tornado and flooding event on May 26, 2016.

https://www.bryantx.gov/fema-disaster-recovery-center-to-open-friday-june-17-at-noon/

 

SBA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Storms and Flooding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas businesses and residents as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced.

The declaration covers Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington counties as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began on May 26, 2016.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help Texas businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.625 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

Brazos County Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Due to May Severe Weather

Brazos County was declared eligible for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on June 11, 2016, due to the severe storms and flooding that struck the area on May 26-27.

The declaration is Presidential Declaration, DR-4272-TX, for the May Severe Weather.


View the declaration here


Survivors from the May severe weather in Brazos County can start registering for FEMA Assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.


If survivors have already registered with FEMA, they do not need to do so again.

FEMA inspectors will begin making appointments with residents that applied for assistance after they submit their necessary insurance documentation to FEMA.

In all presidentially declared counties for Individual Assistance, when an applicant registers with FEMA and becomes eligible for a Damaged Housing Inspection, the inspection is sent to a FEMA contractor inspector. The inspector contacts the applicant to set up an appointment for a time and date and also goes over what documentation needs to be provided for proof of residency. Then the inspector meets with the applicant at the residence and performs their inspection.

More information will be forthcoming on this declaration and it’s ramifications for Brazos County as it becomes available.

Below is information from the Texas Department of Public Safety about the FEMA Inspectors and the FEMA Inspection process for residents who file for Individual Assistance under this declaration:

The fema Inspector

  • Contractors perform an adjudicated background check prior to inspector’s activation to work
  • Inspector initiates contact with the applicant and sets an appointment date and time and requests the applicant to have appropriate identification with occupancy and ownership documents available for viewing at the time of inspection. Inspectors are trained to view but not confiscate any applicant provided documentation.
  • Occasionally, a site visit is performed when the applicant has been unresponsive to the inspector’s attempts to call or meet or, when appropriate, the inspector identifies the applicant’s damaged dwelling location to be in a close proximity to a concurrent inspection and when the applicant appears to be available.

The FEMA Inspection

  • The scope of an inspection for owners includes the recording of real and personal property (furnishing and appliances) damages to the interior and exterior of the dwelling, addressing special needs, transportation, unmet needs and miscellaneous purchases. Inspectors do not record real property specifications for renters. Inspectors are allowed to contact landlords to verify occupancy of rental property.
  • Upon the first meeting with the applicant, the inspector introduces himself presenting his photo identification validating his appointed position to perform inspections as an independent contractor under contract with the inspection firm.
  • Inspectors will ask the applicant to sign a “Declaration and Release” form commonly known as the 9069 form (Technically 009-9-3 English, 009-0-4 Spanish). The signature can be done electronically or in some situations as a paper form. The form includes a space for the applicant to sign his or her name and date of birth and a check box that affirms citizenship status.
  • The inspector proceeds validating the applicant’s name, addresses, contact information, proofs of ownership and occupancy and insurance.
  • An applicant interview continues validating: the number of members living in the dwelling at the time of the event; the number of bedrooms occupied on a nightly basis by the household; clothing losses; any medical, transportation or miscellaneous purchases (i.e. humidifier). The inspector informs the applicant of his need to view the entire dwelling for disaster and non-disaster related damages.
  • The inspector begins a physical assessment of real and personal property damages utilizing available specs in the ACE software. Additionally, the inspector will record unaffected rooms and undamaged appliances to affirm applicant needs. Inspectors are usually trained to assess damages from the rooms at the top of the house down with the basement being the last area of assessment.
  • The inspector records the size of the residence, foundation and dwelling types and when applicable – records a high water mark. Appropriate comments are noted and included within the record. Note, inspectors will confirm if the dwelling is not accessible due to a disaster related blockage to public infrastructure such as roads; or when a community utility is affecting the applicant’s home, such as an electrical or water outage.
  • During the course of the inspection, the inspector will take a minimum of 2 photographs (interior and exterior) with a focus on the damages that support the habitability determination and/or addresses areas of significant real property or personal property damages. Inspectors are asked to not take photographs of applicants or family members or to take photographs of personal assets or belongings such as jewelry and other personal items.
  • The Inspector concludes the assessment when verifying the habitable condition(s) of the dwelling. The inspector asks and records the applicant’s response in regard to their plans to relocate from the dwelling due to the incident. The Inspector then performs an exit interview informing the applicant on what to expect next from the Agency.
  • The inspector only records observed disaster related damages and does not determine eligibility or damage awards levels. FEMA’s policies and business rules determine eligibility and award levels based upon the damage assessment and other available information such as estimates from a licensed contractor for specific repairs.

Storm Damage Reporting (Brazos County, Kurten, Wixon Valley)

If you live in the unincorporated area of Brazos County, or in the cities of Kurten or Wixon Valley, and sustained damages from the recent storm, please fill out the Google Form linked below. This information will be used as we work with the state and FEMA on storm damage assessments.

http://goo.gl/forms/JSotO4NMUTWvULeX2

Citizens of Bryan can use the following form: https://weblink.bryantx.gov/Forms/BkrER

Press Release – 4 p.m. Update, May 30, 2016

 

PRESS RELEASE

5/30/2016 – 4pm

Severe Weather Incident

 

Press release: 05/30/2016 4pm Updates

 

Bryan Public Works:

City wide bulk debris and brush pickup has been suspended for the week of May 29 through June 4th. Please do not place debris at the curb in areas other than Wheeler Ridge. This will allow city resources to concentrate on the storm damaged areas.

Bryan Public Works will continue bulk debris and brush pick-up in Wheeler Ridge throughout the week from 7am to 6pm. Bulk pick up will be conducted on a street by street basis that will rotate throughout the affected area daily. Street selection will be decided based upon need. No on-street parking will be allowed in the selected areas. Signage and barricades will be in place to aid in notifications. Street selections and dates of pick-up can also be found at www.bryantx.gov/wheeler-ridge.

 

Tuesday, 05-31-2016 pickup will involve the following streets:

Meadowwood Dr.

Woodbriar Dr.

Woodcrest Dr.

 

 

BTU:

BTU crews have completed restoration in the Wheeler Ridge subdivision to all homes that have been deemed safe to be restored. Homes that have not been reconnected are in need of work by a certified electrician prior to BTU re-connecting service. Once repair work is complete, customers can call BTU Dispatch at 979-822-3777 to arrange for reconnection.

 

 

Bryan Police Department:

Bryan PD continues to provide a heavy police presence in the storm damaged areas. Dedicated patrols will remain in place until further notice. If any citizen observes suspicious activity, please contact Bryan PD at 979-361-3888 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency).

 

Bryan PD asks that citizens minimize the amount of vehicle traffic in the storm damaged area to allow residents, city crews and work crews to continue cleanup and repair efforts. Unnecessary vehicle traffic and on-street parking slows down recovery efforts.

 

 

 

Contact Us If You Experienced Flooding

If you experienced flooding from the severe weather on May 26-27, 2016, please contact the City of Bryan so inspectors can come out and conduct an assessment of your property. This will only be an exterior assessment. Inspectors will not enter your residence. Contact the city through the below link, or visit www.bryantx.gov.

https://weblink.bryantx.gov/Forms/BkrER

 

 

Building Permits:

The City of Bryan will be waiving all fees associated with reconstruction resulting from the May 26 tornado. Remember, most structures require permits, including fences over 6 feet tall. To find out if you need a permit, visit: https://www.bryantx.gov/permits/

Road Closures as of 11:00 a.m., May 30, 2016

Road Closures as of 11:00 a.m., May 30, 2016

Weedon Loop @ the Bridge
Elmo Weedon Road at Wickson Creek
Democrat Road at Navasota River
Long Trussel Road at the Navasota River
Sulphur Springs Road at Hickory
Peach Creek at SH 6
Whiteswitch Road between FM 2154 & FM 159
FM 159 at Whiteswitch Road (TXDOT) (reconstruction)
FM 159 at FM 105 (TXDOT)
Green’s Prairie Trail @ Sweetwater (reconstruction)
Peach Creek Road at Freestone Trail (reconstruction)

Press Release 6 p.m., May 28, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

5/28/2016 – 6pm

Severe Weather Incident 

Bryan Public Works:

City wide bulk debris and brush pickup has been suspended for the week of May 29 through June 4th. Please do not place debris at the curb in areas other than Wheeler Ridge. This will allow city resources to concentrate on the storm damaged areas.

Bryan Public Works will continue bulk debris and brush pick-up in Wheeler Ridge on Monday, May 30th from 7am to 6pm. This will continue throughout the week. Bulk pick up will be conducted on a street by street basis that will rotate throughout the affected area daily. Street selection will be decided based upon need. No on-street parking will be allowed in the selected areas. Signage and barricades will be in place to aid in notifications. Street selections and dates of pick-up can also be found at www.bryantx.gov/wheeler-ridge.

 

05-30-2016 pickup will be involve the following streets:

Meadowbrook between Ravenwood to Woodcrest

Sierra Drive

Windwood Circle

Sioux Circle

Littleton Court

Sutton Court

 

Twin Oaks Landfill will be open on Memorial Day from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Building Permits:

The City of Bryan will be waiving all fees associated with reconstruction resulting from the May 26 tornado. Remember, most structures require permits, including fences over 6 feet tall. To find out if you need a permit, visit: https://www.bryantx.gov/permits/

 

BTU:

BTU crews, with the assistance of contract crews, are working to restore the last approximately 68 customers that remain without power in the Wheeler Ridge subdivision. These are customers that have been deemed safe to be restored. Crews expect to have them back in service by the end of today. Those customers who suffered substantial damage to their property and cannot be safely restored will remain without power until their homes have been repaired. To report completion of repairs, call the BTU dispatch staff at 979-822-3777.

 

The BTU outage map was taken offline for updates earlier this afternoon, but is now operational again. Customers can resume visiting the outage map for updates at outages.btutilities.com.

 

Reports of new outages or requests for updates should be directed to the BTU dispatch staff at the number listed above.

 

Bryan Police Department:

Bryan PD will provide a heavy police presence in Wheeler Ridge. Officers will be dedicated to the affected areas until Tuesday May 31st. At that time, we will reevaluate the need for dedicated patrols.

 

Flooding Assessment:

Here are updates on the flooding assessment being conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016:

Pecan Ridge neighborhood:

  • 39 duplexes sustained flooding
  • 12 units in Pecan Ridge had 18+ inches of water.
  • The highest water level was 27 inches.

Austin’s Colony:

  • 1 house on Stafford sustained flooding

 

Contact Us If You Experienced Flooding

If you experienced flooding from the severe weather on May 26-27, 2016, please contact the City of Bryan so inspectors can come out and conduct an assessment of your property. This will only be an exterior assessment. Inspectors will not enter your residence. Contact the city through the below link, or visit www.bryantx.gov.

 

https://weblink.bryantx.gov/Forms/BkrER

 

*Residents of Pecan Ridge and Austin’s Colony need not report their flooding, as the City has already completed assessments of those areas.