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July 20th, 2015
Federal, state agencies open disaster recovery center in Blanco

FEMA and other agencies have opened a disaster recovery center in Blanco [7], joining those already in operation in Wimberley [1], San Marcos [2], Martindale [3], Bastrop [4], Taylor [5] and Austin [6]. Click on the place markers on the map for addresses and operation hours for each of the centers.


BLANCO — State and federal agencies have opened a one-stop disaster recovery center in this tiny Hill Country town where the Memorial Day weekend flood first claimed lives and property.

flood of 2015 icon blueHeadquartered at the Gem of the Hill Country Community Center at 2233 N. U.S. 281, the Blanco recovery center will be open six days a week through Saturday, Aug. 1. The center is staffed with representatives of more than 15 agencies and assistance programs including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Texas Workforce Commission’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance program.

As of July 19, FEMA had allocated $444,5000 in individual assistance to residents of Blanco County, one of four counties that sustained the worst damage from unprecedented flooding in the Blanco River basin late May 23 and early May 24.

Collectively, residents of Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Blanco counties had been awarded about $8,820,350 in individual assistance from FEMA through July 19, the most recent data available, agency spokesperson Robin Smith said. About 2,326 households in the four counties had registered for housing or other assistance from FEMA, Smith said.

FEMA disaster aid, by county

Click on shaded counties for the total amount of individual disaster assistance awarded to residents by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as of July 19.

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FEMA extended has extended the registration deadline to Aug. 27 for residents of 42 Texas counties whose residents are now eligible for individual assistance. People can register online, by phone or in person at a disaster recovery center.

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

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has established a call center for Texas policyholders needing help filing claims. The call center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m daily.

Phone: 1-800-621-3362

The Texas Bar Association has established a hotline to offer free legal advice to natural disaster victims. Volunteer attorneys can assist with insurance claims; landlord/tenant problems; consumer protection and foreclosure problems; replacement of wills and other important documents; and preparation of guardianships and conservatorships.

Phone: 1-800-504-7030

UPDATED 10:52 p.m. JULY 21 This story and an accompanying interactive map was updated to include the latest data for FEMA individual assistance disbursed to Central Texas flood survivors.

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