Federal government denies individual assistance for Dec. 26 storm victims
Texas’ application for individual assistance for the Dec. 26 tornadoes has been denied because the threshold for government relief for uninsured and underinsured property owners had not been met. SOURCE
Dallas Morning News got it wrong. The tornado that hit this area was on the afternoon of Dec. 26, 2015, I know, I was there. The headline is correct but the caption on the picture is wrong.
This is in response to Patrick Owens and his comment on the Dallas Morning News regarding secession from the Union.
Yes, many of us wanted to secede, many still do, but that, in and of itself is NO reason to deny help to individuals after a disaster. As soon as Flint, MI announced that THEY had tainted water FEMA was all over it.
We are Texans, but we are also Americans, maybe not by choice, many would prefer to be Texans only, but the fact remains; we are still TAX PAYERS and we have people here that are hurting.
This is in response regarding comments about the Texas Rainy Day Fund.
According to a story I found in archives on the Dallas Morning News, the Texas State Comptroller’s Office states that there is over $8.5 BILLION dollars in that rainy day fund.
I am not sure what the criteria is for usage of the Rainy Day fund or what it takes to qualify for a release of some of those funds but if helping people to recover from an EF-4 tornado that brought so much damage and devastation to so many right here in North Texas isn’t a viable, and darned good reason, then I don’t know what is.
A 75% FEMA reimbursement to the city for their expenditures is a great thing, and I am truly appreciative of that effort, but the *little guy*, the folks that work every day, pay taxes and make this town, county and state great are really hurting.
Donations from folks that weren’t affected by the tornado have poured in, food, clothing, shelter and money, and without those donations from other Texans, and people all of the United States, we would have people that could be dead from exposure or starving.
I know personally that some donations came from people that were actually affected by the storm but not to the extent and level of destruction that many of our neighbors were.
I live in Rowlett and our City has done a magnificent job in responding to this disaster.
Mayor Todd Gottel, City Manager Brian Funderburk and the entire workforce of the City, as well as most of our City Council members have worked tirelessly to help those in need, but a City only has so much money that can be spent and Rowlett, has already gone above and beyond what I would have expected in their level of help to all concerned, and I have some very high levels of expectations!