Houston, Texas – September 12th, 2017: Three State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers opened on September 11th in the cities of Katy, Baytown and Houston. As more locations open, updates will be provided. Disaster recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.
The new centers are at the following locations:
- Katy Mills Mall (Fort Bend/Harris County)
- 5000 Katy Mills Circle
- Katy TX 77494
- Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Baytown Community Center (Harris County)
- 2407 Market Street
- Baytown TX 77520
- Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Greenspoint Mall (Harris County)
- 263 Greenspoint Mall
- Houston TX 77060
- Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.
Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.
If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:
- Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
- Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
The following information is helpful when registering:
- Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
- Current mailing address.
- Current telephone number.
- Insurance information.
- Total household annual income.
- Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
- A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.
FEMA Quick Reference Guide
Flood Insurance Questions: 1-800-621-FEMA, option 2
FEMA Online Registrations for Residents: www.disasterassistance.gov
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) Locator: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/
Hurricane Harvey Webpage: www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey
Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control: www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey-
Individual Disaster Assistance: www.fema.gov/individual-
FEMA Resources for Foreign Language Speaking or Disabled Residents
Customer Representatives (Various Locations): https://careers.fema.gov/
Various Local Hire Positions (Texas): http://www.twc.state.tx.us
FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline: 1-866-720-5721
FTC Disaster Fraud Reporting: www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
Two New Chick-Fil-A Locations Open In Spring
Spring, Texas – September 19th, 2017: If you’re like me, Chick-Fil-A is my “go-to” fast food restaurant; sometimes frequenting their chain 2-3 times in a given day. Yes, insane!
Chick-Fil-A has opened two new locations in Spring, one near Springwoods Village and a second off of the Grand Parkway near Rayford Road.
Market at Springwoods Village: Now Open
- 2102 Spring Stuebner Road
- Spring, Texas 77389
Grand Parkway North: Grand Opening: September 21, 2017
- 3195 Riley Fuzzell Road
- Spring, Texas 77386
Areal Flood Advisory Issued For Spring; Over 1.5 Inches Of Rain Has Fallen Near Spring Creek & I-45
Spring, Texas – September 18th, 2017: An areal flood advisory has been issued for North Central Harris County and South Central Montgomery County until 5:15 PM.
At 3:16 PM, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area. Up to 1.5 inches of rain have fallen at the Spring Creek at I-45 gauge. Though rain has eased recently, more rain is moving towards the area and will provide moderate additional rainfall in the next hour or two.
Some locations that will experience flooding include… Spring, The Woodlands and splashtown.
A flood advisory means ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.
Bernie’s Backyard Food Truck Park Closes It’s Doors
Spring, Texas – September 16th, 2017: After just two years in business, Bernie’s Backyard has officially closed their doors. The announcement came as a surprise to many when a for lease sign was placed on the property and an announcement was posted to their Facebook page.
“Bernie’s Backyard is suspending operations until further notice. The hurricane has affected our infrastructure. We appreciate all of you who have supported us. We will be closed until further notice. Thank you all!”
Although Bernie’s Backyard didn’t directly state they were closing their doors on Facebook, their staff confirmed with Spring Happenings via a direct message that they have closed the facility.
We stopped by to assess the damage to their “infrastructure” but found several perfectly standing buildings with not apparent damage to the exterior and an empty parking lot where the food trucks once parked.
Doug Powell posted a review to Google just four weeks ago saying “Bernie needs to get his act together. Friday @ 1pm and only 2 out of 5 trucks are open? And $6.50 for a draft beer??”
Bernie’s Backyard would not comment on specifics of their closing but did tell us that the property is for lease at a rate of $15,000.00 per month.