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Only a small percentage of households impacted by Hurricane Harvey have been awarded a federal travel trailer or RV from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or Texas’ General Land Office.


David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

On Saturday in Denham Springs, Louisiana, about 15 miles east of Baton Rouge, the parking lot of a Sam’s Club was turned into a one-stop shop for flood victims.

Just days earlier the entire area was under water, but now this is where people can grab a shopping cart, get free cleaning supplies, cases of water, and ice.

They can also talk to FEMA about their claim for government disaster assistance.

Texas Workforce Commission

AUSTIN – On May 29, 2015 the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) began accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4223-DR) for Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amended the notice for DUA on June 6, 2015 to include the following counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Caldwell, Denton, Eastland, Fort Bend, Gaines, Guadalupe, Henderson, Hidalgo, Johnson, Milam, Montague, Navarro, Rusk, Smith, Travis, Wichita, Williamson and Wise.

Courtesy: The Texas Department of Transportation / via Facebook

Emergency responders throughout Texas continue to struggle with another round of storms. This has been the wettest May on record. The rainfall has recharged dry reservoirs and effectively ended the drought.

But at a price - over 20 lives have been lost and untold flood damage.

With so much rain there would be no way to avoid having a disaster but could better planning, emergency management and state standards for flood insurance help in reducing the damage and lives lost.

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