The White House has approved a major disaster declaration for 77 counties in Texas including Galveston County, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Saturday morning.
The declaration means that people whose property sustained damage during the storm can apply for individual assistance through FEMA.
"I thank President Biden for his assistance as we respond to impacts of winter weather across our state," said Governor Abbott. "While this partial approval is an important first step, Texas will continue to work with our federal partners to ensure all eligible Texans have access to the relief they need. The funds provided under the major disaster declaration may provide crucial assistance to Texans as they begin to repair their homes and address property damage.”
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.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at disasterassistance.gov
or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.