Sunny Houston and Federal Aid for Flooded Texas Counties

After last week’s historic flooding, it’s a beautiful, sunny and welcome Monday morning for many in Houston, Texas. The National Weather Service forecasts mostly sunny skies, high temperatures 87 – 90 degrees and low temperatures 68-71 degrees today through Friday. However, the watch continues on rivers. KTRK-TV reports the Trinity River is above flood stage.

On Saturday, President Obama approved Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s request to declare affected flooded counties as federal disaster areas.  Federal funding is available for flood victims in Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties. Federal aid also is available for governments and non-profits sharing revenues for emergency and repair work in Cooke, Gaines, Grimes, Harris, Hays, Navarro and Van Zandt counties.

To apply for FEMA help, you can apply online at https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585

Lightning House Fire Lightning House Fire (2) Over the weekend, there was a severe weather-related house fire in Meyerland in southwest Houston.  As heavy downpours and thunderstorms rolled through between 5:30  p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, lightning struck this home in the 5200 block of Cheena Drive on May 29th. The homeowners were inside when lightning hit the house and caused a fire Saturday night. Smoke billowed out. Everyone got out safely. On Sunday morning, drivers were warned of possible flooded roads and advised to “Turn around, don’t drown” on 610 South near the Kirby exit.

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These photos are courtesy of KTRK-TV viewers posted to #abc13 to share with the public.  Volunteer cowboys went into action to rescue a herd of cattle from rising waters in the Trinity River. On Sunday, people gathered in Dayton, Texas in Liberty County to watch the cattle drive with the help of cattle dogs, too to steer the herd to higher ground.

—-Carol Lim

 

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