San Antonio pre-qualified as disaster declaration area following storms

Formal notification of disaster declaration expected Friday

SAN ANTONIO – After an assessment of storm-affected areas more than a week ago, representatives from the Texas Department of Emergency Management and Small Business Administration (SBA) notified city staff that San Antonio has been pre-qualified as a disaster declaration area.

Officials said the assessment found 31 residences with major damage that had no homeowner's insurance.

City crews have been working to provide tree, brush and bulky debris removal in the storm-affected neighborhoods and will continue to do so through Friday, the same day the city said it anticipates formal notification if a disaster declaration will be approved.

If the disaster declaration is approved, residents will be allowed to apply for low-interest loans through SBA.
City crews have completed 95 percent of debris removal in the storm-affected streets.

City officials said residents should continue placing debris along their curbs and that the Bitters Brush Recycling Center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week to affected residents for no charge. In addition, those who need to dispose of household hazardous waste can do so at the Culebra Road HHW Drop-Off Center at 7030 Culebra Road Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Residents in the Shearer Hills and Ridgeview neighborhoods who are unable to place remaining debris curbside by Friday may call the Solid Waste Management Department to request an out-of-cycle collection at no charge through March 31.

City officials said residents are encouraged to continue calling 311 to report non-emergency service requests.

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