Last week’s furious winter storm that swept across the state of Texas was devastating to home- and business owners alike. Many people who suffered structural losses may not be covered by insurance and may be in need of assistance.

In response to the overwhelming need for assistance, The Texas Division of Emergency Management along with Texas A&M University Systems have developed a questionnaire to fill out to report damage and request assistance. According to Gary Rasp, media specialist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, a stunning 8.7 million people--nearly a third of the state's total population--are still experiencing water disruptions as of Monday morning, Feb. 22.

Furthermore, Governor Abbott has promised that even more options for assistance will soon be available, if not already. For residents dealing with serious and catastrophic damage, Abbott said the state is in the process of bringing in more plumbers in order to service the staggering amount of residents whose homes are incapacitated by broken pipes. He also urged residents to get in touch with their insurance agents.

"If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for a FEMA reimbursement," he said. "We have had FEMA assistance granted by the federal government and part of that is individual assistance that will assist individuals whose homes or apartments have been harmed because of the winter storm. If so, you'll need to document any type of loss that you have."

Governor Greg Abbott is also working to increase the number of plumbers who can help repair winter storm damage by giving provisional permits to out-of-state plumbers and waiving some fees and examination requirements for plumbers with expired licenses.

No matter what your damages are to your property there are several options to seek aid. We hope this article was helpful.

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