Dolly Assistance Tops $24 Million

August 25, 2008

More than $24 million has been approved to help people, businesses and infrastructure affected by Hurricane Dolly after the storm hit the Rio Grande Valley last month, several governmental agencies said Friday.

The Texas Governor’s Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the money has been approved to help people in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties.

“Everyone who sustained damages as a result of Hurricane Dolly in the federally declared counties should register for disaster assistance with FEMA,” said federal coordinating officer Sandy Coachman, who leads the agency’s program in Texas.

Under FEMA’s Public Assistance (infrastructure) Program, state agencies, local governments and certain nonprofit organizations that provide essential services in Aransas, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria and Willacy counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance.

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