Montgomery County cleaning up from Tropical Storm Imelda, setting up disaster recovery centers

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Montgomery County officials are hoping the county receives a public disaster declaration that will open up more funding for infrastructure damaged by Tropical Storm Imelda.

Close to 15,000 cubic yards of debris has been picked up in Montgomery County so far from the storm, according to Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Darren Hess.

Hess said Montgomery County commissioners approved a contract last month with Crowder Gulf to do the debris cleanup.

With last week’s federal disaster declaration that provides individual assistance, the County is working to set up disaster recovery centers.

“We’re establishing a location now in East Montgomery County for the citizens to go. Once that’s up and operational we’ll make sure we publicize it to the media outlets,” Hess said.

For now, Montgomery County residents impacted by Imelda can can online and register with FEMA. That website is https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance

You can also register by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-621-3362.

The damage estimates in East Montgomery County are around $15,000,000, according to Hess. East Montgomery County was the hardest hit area of the county in the storm, receiving close to 32 inches of rain.

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