Recovery from Harvey Continues, Assistance Still Available


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

June 23, 2019

By Natalie Cook Clark

Nearly two years ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated Katy and its surrounding communities. While our town has recovered, many people struggle to resume their pre-Harvey lives. Harris County Constable Ted Heap reminds residents that assistance may still be available.

Harvey's Destruction Still Affects Residents

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 storm on August 25, 2017 and brought with it a level of destruction that Katy had never witnessed. A record number of flooded homes in areas unaccustomed to flooding displaced many Katy residents.

At the time, Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned that the cleanup would be extensive, a "multi-year project for Texas to be able to dig out of this catastrophe.”

Constable Reminds of Continued Aide

The Harris County Constable's Office of Ted Heap took to their Facebook page to remind residents that assistance is still available to those who need it: "If you're one of those still trying to recover from Harvey's destruction, Constable Ted Heap wants you to know there is still help available."

Possible Assistance Includes:

  • Up to $80,000 for help repairing a damaged property

  • Up to $160,000 for reconstruction on your own property

  • Up to an additional $40,000 on homes qualifying for reconstruction that require elevation

  • Up to $50,000 for reimbursements on repairs already made

  • Opportunities for buy-outs and relocation for those who qualify

"We hope that you will share this information with your friends, neighbors, and anyone else who you know took damage to their property during Harvey," states Constable Heap's office.

How to Apply

To apply, residents can fill out a pre-application for assistance at The Harris County Recovery website. The site also has flyers to help spread information at local churches and community centers.

Are You Ready for a Future Hurricane?

Hurricane season lasts June 1-November 30 with the majority of storms forming in August and September. It's always best to prepare before a storm makes landfall. See how Katy families can prepare.

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