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Lake Highlands neighbors can apply for FEMA assistance after storms rocked North Texas earlier this summer

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After Dallas County was added to the area disaster declaration last month, residents are now eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance through its Individual Assistance program until August 15. Individual Assistance can help cover:

  • Personal property losses caused by the storm disaster
  • Assistance for homeowners and renters in Dallas County with uninsured losses
  • Serious needs assistance
  • Displacement assistance
  • Home repair assistance
  • Rental assistance
  • Personal property assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Medical and dental assistance
  • Funeral assistance

In order to be eligible for assistance, the losses must be uninsured and the resident must apply. Residents can apply for assistance on the FEMA website, by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362, or visiting the FEMA Disaster Center at Dallas College’s Eastfield Campus.

Many neighbors, especially east of Audelia Road, may still be waiting for storm debris pickup. According to the City of Dallas Sanitation Department’s regularly updated debris collection map, the third Monday area – where most neighbors east of Audelia fall into – is expected to receive collection next. The department is currently working in the second Monday area. According to the department, each area is expected to take at least two weeks to complete. The department has released no further information on the collection’s timeline.

To help with debris pickup, Dallas Sanitation has suspended the collection of non-storm debris and bulky trash. In addition, the 20 cubic yard storm debris limit has been lifted, and neighbors can place additional debris on their curb at no additional cost. Dallas residents can take bulky items and brush to collection centers, like the Northeast Transfer Station on Fair Oaks Avenue.