May 2019 Rainfall Event
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds and Flooding
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters who suffered losses caused by the severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred May 7 through May 8. Types of loans available are:
Individuals and Families:
- Homeowners: up to $200,000 to repair or replace real estate damage and up to $40,000 to replace personal property.
- Renters: up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.
Businesses: Property Damage: up to $2,000,000 to repair or replace real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other assets that were damaged or destroyed (available to businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations).
Economic Injury: only for small businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering adverse financial impacts of the disaster (with or without property loss), up to $2,000,000 for working capital to help pay obligations until normal operations resume.
Meet with the SBA
SBA customer service representatives will be at the following location to meet with each disaster survivor. SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each survivor recover from the disaster damage, and will provide one-on-one assistance in completing applications for these loans.
Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC)
William Travis Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
301 Jackson Street
Richmond, TX 77469
Mondays through Fridays 8 am to 5 pm
Open Tuesday, July 16 through Thursday, July 25
Fort Bend United Way
Crisis Cleanup is an online database used by local faith-based organizations and disaster relief agencies to coordinate cleanup efforts after a disaster. There are no guarantees for service, but all disaster survivors with cleanup needs are asked to register. Residents who are selected to receive cleanup assistance from a faith-based or disaster relief organizations will receive a call from the organization to schedule a date and time for assistance to be provided.
Residents that need cleanup assistance due to the severe weather and flooding in May 2019 are encouraged to register their home with Crisis Cleanup by calling 844-965-1386. The Crisis Cleanup line will be open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, through May 24, 2019.
Red Cross Cleaning kits
Cleanup kits are available for those who are dealing with the effects of water in homes. The kits, provided by the American Red Cross, contain work gloves, rubber gloves, a scrubbing sponge, plastic bags, mop, scrub brush, squeegee, and cleaning and disinfecting solution.
Please contact the City of Sugar Land Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-275-2401 and kits will be distributed to you. Kits can also be distributed through your HOA.
- The National Flood Insurance Program answers questions for policyholders about the claims process at 800-621-3362
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - After a Flood
- FEMA - Texas Disaster Mitigation: FEMA checks out rumors and provides the facts, gives tips for cleaning mold, and links to helpful videos and resources.
- Fort Bend Families living with Autism
Fort Bend families living with autism who were impacted by the May 7 rain event, can receive assistance by Hope For Three by contacting email@example.com or calling 281-245-0640
- Fort Bend Recovers | Assistance for Flooding - May 2019
- What to know and the process you can expect when a FEMA inspector contacts you.
- My car was flooded - answers to some common questions if your car was flooded.
Additional Information and Safety Tips
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LID 2 Pump Station Map
Complete Levee Map
View levee improvement districts in Sugar Land at http://interactivemaps.sugarlandtx.gov/Levee%20Improvement%20District%20Map/#map/e_-10707565,3426108,-10603152,3468302,102100.
Keep Storm Drains Clear
Please help us keep storm drains clear in between storms passing through our area. If you notice a storm drain that's blocked with debris, please clear the obstruction. It's also important to report missing manhole covers. Should we receive more sustained rainfall, this will help keep our community safe.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Flooding is the number one cause of severe weather death. Whether on foot or in a vehicle, stay out of flooded areas. The depth of flood water is often impossible to gauge. Just six inches of moving water is enough to knock a person off their feet; one foot of flood water can sweep vehicles – even large SUVs – from roadways. Play it smart: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
Be Cautious of Wildlife
As the ground saturates and the river rises, keep an eye out for wildlife seeking higher ground. This includes poisonous snakes and other unwanted animals.
If rain or flood waters get into your home
Take steps to prevent mold growth. First, wash surfaces with soap and warm clean water to remove dirt and debris. Next, sanitize surfaces with household bleach. Clean it with a solution of 1 cup household liquid bleach per 5 gallons of water.
- Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed
- Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
- Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products).
- Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
- Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
- Help the drying process by using fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers.