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COVER: The Halloween flood on Oct. 30-31 inundated homes and businesses such as the Aspen Heights apartments on Aquarena Springs Drive near the Blanco River. PHOTO by LAURA DIETRICH/THE UNIVERSITY STAR


The Texas Workforce Commission is disbursing disaster unemployment financial assistance for people in 15 counties who lost work between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31 due to the Halloween flood and a series of severe storms.

flood of 2015 icon blueThe deadline to apply for the state’s disaster unemployment assistance is Jan. 6. Information is available on the Texas Workforce Commission’s website here.

People who live in counties covered by the president’s Nov. 25 disaster declaration — Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson — and who:

  • Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits;
  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area;
  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; and
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.

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To apply for disaster unemployment assistance from the Texas Workforce Commission, call 800-939-6631 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the website here.

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