On Saturday, March 19, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) announced that his office officially received the approval of Governor Abbott’s presidential federal disaster declaration for Orange, Jasper and Newton Counties, which triggers the release of federal funds to help local communities recover from the historic flooding.

“Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to all those who have been impacted by the devastating flooding in Southeast Texas,” said Babin. “My staff and I have been working tirelessly to see that this designation was made to ensure our fellow neighbors get the financial help they so desperately need.”

Individuals in Jasper, Newton, and Orange Counties can register the following ways:

*Apply online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

*Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

Please have the following available:

*Your address with zip code

*Directions to your property

*Condition of your damaged home

*Insurance information, if available

*Social Security Number

*Phone number where you can be contacted

*Address where you can get mail

*Declaration Number: FEMA-4266-DR

If you are having trouble applying for FEMA assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Orange District Office at 883-8075.