Time to rebuild

John Few, Sr., owner of Browder’s Marina, points to the damage left by flooding at Livingston Dam Friday afternoon, while Rep. Kevin Brady and Judge Lovett look on.  (Photo by Megan Whitworth)John Few, Sr., owner of Browder’s Marina, points to the damage left by flooding at Livingston Dam Friday afternoon, while Rep. Kevin Brady and Judge Lovett look on. (Photo by Megan Whitworth)

By Megan Whitworth

Rep. Kevin Brady said it’s critical for individuals and families who received damage to their homes due to flooding to register with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

As of Friday, the U.S. congressman said 300,000 people have already registered for the federal agency.
“So Wednesday I went to Austin to request President Trump and Gov. Abbott directly about why San Jacinto needs to be added to the

Federal Disaster Assistance. In 24 hours they added the county, at Judge Lovett’s request as well,” Brady said. “So now all of the individuals are eligible to get help with short term and long term. The county can get reimbursed for the infrastructure damage that has been done, which may take some time to see exactly what that is.”

Individuals and families can register with FEMA online at or call 800-622-FEMA 3362. Survivors have 60-days from the date of a declaration for Individual Assistance to apply for assistance.

President Donald Trump also authorized more funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures for approved counties in the federal declaration, which included San Jacinto. This means cost sharing increased from 75 to 90 percent federal funding for debris removal, including direct federal assistance, and a 100 percent federal funding for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance. Brady requested the funding during his meeting with the President.

“I appreciate President Donald J. Trump and Governor Greg Abbott for their quick response to this tragic flooding event that has affected so many in our district,” Brady said. “When people are flooded out of their homes they deserve to know that help is on the way. I appreciate everyone from our local first responders, county judges and emergency managers to our Texas senators and President Trump’s cabinet members, especially FEMA Director Brock Long, who have been in close contact with me and our staff. The coordination has been amazing.”

Brady toured the shelter at Shepherd Community Center Friday afternoon, along with County Judge John Lovett, Jr. and Shepherd Mayor Earl Brown. There were 36 evacuees at the shelter, which Lovett said is a “10 percent fraction of what we began with.” Brady visited with local volunteers and evacuees about the community effort that was made to provide a safe shelter for evacuees. He also visited with families and discussed signing up for FEMA.

Brady also visited Livingston Dam later in the afternoon to see the damage left by Hurricane Harvey.

“This is going to be a very expensive storm,” Lovett said.

“It was record rain and record recovery,” Brady added.

Brady said the first priority in recovery “has to be how we help people in shelters get to their next step.”
Whether it’s helping them make their way home or working with FEMA, Brady is determined, along with county and city officials, in helping San Jacinto County residents rebuild their lives.

“(Our second priority is) working with our county officials and city officials in how we help San Jacinto rebuild and that will require is going to require two or three separate bills, legislation and congress,” Brady said. “I’ve already talked to the President about what we need in San Jacinto County, and we will meet with him again Tuesday.”