Flood victims may not receive federal assistance

Espada Road residents continue to clean up, with help from community

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio’s Espada Road has been in the spotlight since last Saturday’s flood put the neighborhood underwater.


"It’s going to pretty hard to go on with my life the way things are now -- I literally lost everything,” said Paul Garza, a resident on Espada Road.

Garza’s home was one of the hardest hit and he remained outspoken about the floods that overtook his home on May 25.   

Open about the fact that he did not have flood insurance, he said his family had lived on the land for close to a century without ever seeing such catastrophic flooding.

"I never expected this,” said Garza. “I was looking for retirement."

Garza, along with many of the residents on Espada Road, has been overwhelmed by the support they have received from the community and various groups, including churches and the Salvation Army.  

Bexar County has also offered assistance and has helped with trash pickup.

When it comes to help from the federal government, however, it appears that help will not be arriving, at least for now.

"I have yet been offered any monetary assistance of any kind,” said Garza.

Over a week later, damage along the road was still significant, but remained small in scale. 

For that reason, a Disaster Declaration was never issued. 

According to U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego’s office, a Disaster Declaration is needed from the governor of Texas before residents can become eligible for FEMA or federal money. 

Only a handful of homes in the area were affected by the floods.

"We're too small to be compensated, so I guess we're on our own,” said Garza.

A federal grant may still be possible, but likely will take some time.

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