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COVER: Hand-letter signs thank disaster relief volunteers outside a flood-damaged home in the Dry Creek neighborhood in southeastern Travis County. PHOTO by ANDREA BOOHER


Hays County residents who suffered losses in the Halloween floods in the San Marcos and Blanco river basins have until Saturday, Dec. 12 to register in-person for federal financial assistance at intake centers in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and Wimberley.

flood of 2015 icon blueA centralized disaster recovery center will open Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos where specialists will be available to help flood victims navigate assistance programs offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies. But applications will only be accepted by phone and the FEMA website after the four field centers close at 5 p.m. Saturday.

People who registered with FEMA following the Memorial Day weekend flood in May must register again if they were hit in October by the Halloween floods. As of Wednesday, FEMA had approved grants totaling more than $9.1 million to 1,321 residents in the 15 Texas counties hit by floods, storms and tornadoes between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31.

FEMA offers grants for housing and other disaster-related needs that include medical and dental expenses. The SBA offers low-interest loans to uninsured and under-insured property owners.

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Property owners and tenants who suffered property damage, lost work or were displaced as a result of storms and flooding on Oct. 30-31 can apply for grants and loans until 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at four intake centers in Hays County. After Saturday, applications must be submitted via phone or the internet.

Phone: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

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