Tropical Storm Imelda DR-4466

Tropical Storm Imelda – DR 4466

Incident Period: Aug 16, 2019

Declaration Date: Aug 18, 2019

Tropical Storm Imelda brought damaging wind and significant flooding to southeast Texas, dropping over 41 inches of rain outside of Beaumont, Texas. The storm landed on the Top 10 list of wettest tropical cyclones on record to make landfall in the United States. On October 1, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott requested a major disaster declaration. President Trump declared that a major disaster existed in the State of Texas on October 4, 2019. Texans in the following counties were eligible for Individual Assistance as designated by FEMA: Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange and San Jacinto. The declaration also made available Hazard Mitigation Grant Program assistance.

Local Official and Emergency Manager Resources

TDEM accepted applications through October 2, 2020 for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) designated in the Major Disaster Declaration for DR-4366 Tropical Storm Imelda affecting Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange, and San Jacinto counties. The initial estimate provided by FEMA is for $10,124,734 available in HMGP funding for this declaration.  This figure may change at the one-year mark.

Eligible sub-applicants included state agencies, local governments, tribal governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations. All entities seeking funding under this opportunity must have a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Action Plan at the time the project is submitted to FEMA for consideration and at the time an award is made except for projects to develop or update mitigation plans. An exception to this requirement may be requested on a case-by-case basis in accordance with FEMA’s 2015 HMA Guidance.

Any questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to the TDEM Recovery, Mitigation and Standards Services, Hazard Mitigation Section at or (512) 424-2423.