On December 26, 2015 around 7:00pm CST, Rowlett, Texas was hit by an EF4 Tornado.
The path through Rowlett is 1/2 mile wide and four miles long.
1,145 homes and businesses were impacted.
23 individuals were injured.
Approximately 8,000 homes and businesses lost power, over 6,000 of which were in Rowlett.
We hope you find the information on this and the pages linked below helpful.
Resident Recovery Information
Long Term Recovery Committee
City Manager Updates
Storm Debris Cleanup Information
Small Business Administration Declares Disaster, Now Offering Low-Interest Disaster Loans
SBA Loan Fact Sheet & Interest Rates
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the denial of the state’s appeal for a major disaster declaration for individual assistance, and is now offering low-interest federal disaster loans. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Henderson, Hill, Hunt, Johnson Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Smith, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood counties.
• Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed.
• Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.
• Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
• Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
• SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.813 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
Apply online: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
Computers are available for public use at the Rowlett Public Library, located at 5702 Rowlett Road, during regular business hours.
Beginning Monday, April 4, 2016, SBA representatives will be on hand at the Dallas/Rockwall County Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application.
SBA’s Dallas/Rockwall County Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Church in the City Relief Center
Rowlett, TX 75088
Open April 4 through 6:00 P.M. Friday, April 15.
Monday – Friday, 9 am. - 6 p.m.
Appeal for FEMA Individual Assistance Denied - The state’s appeal for FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) has been denied. The Federal Government has reaffirmed their original findings that the impact to individuals and households from the storms that occurred on December 26, 2015 was not of the severity and magnitude to warrant implementation of the IA program. This decision comes after a review of all of the information included in Governor Abbott’s initial request for Individual... Assistance, along with the updated information submitted in the subsequent appeal when the request was denied.
The City of Rowlett is very disappointed with the result of the Governor’s appeal. We appreciate the efforts of both Governor Abbott and State Representative Cindy Burkett in coordinating the appeal. We also want to thank all of the property owners for participating in the data collection to help bolster the appeal.
Read the denial letter here.
Governor Greg Abbott has filed an appeal with President Obama for Individual Assistance for Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Franklin, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties. On January 26, the State of Texas requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration due to damage sustained from severe weather in December 2015. Texas was granted Public Assistance on February 9, but was denied Individual Assistance.
Since Governor Abbott’s initial request, additional major and destroyed homes were added to the original numbers from the previous request, increasing the total of major and destroyed homes to 1,344.
Read Governor Greg Abbott's 14-page appeal here.
Governor Abbott’s office has received an official denial from the federal government for the Individual Assistance (IA) portion of his February 26 request for a major disaster declaration. If you’ll recall, IA is used to help individual property and home owners who are uninsured or underinsured. Based on their review of all the information available, including the results of the Preliminary Damage Assessment, they determined tha...t the impact to individuals and households in the requested counties (Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Franklin, Rockwall and Van Zandt) from this event was not of the severity and magnitude to warrant the IA designation, as it did not meet their threshold of 800 properties that are uninsured or underinsured “and” fall into the category of major damage or totally destroyed.
The governor’s office has 30 days to appeal the denial. We have also been informed that the offices of Governor Abbott and Congressman Pete Sessions will indeed launch such an appeal. We realize how important this aid can be to those affected by the tornado, so rest assured the City of Rowlett will actively advocate for our citizens and support this appeal, providing any and all information and assistance possible toward this effort. If the appeal is denied, a Small Business Administration (SBA) declaration will be sought. Dallas and Rockwall counties alone are well above the mandatory damage threshold so we are optimistic this declaration will be granted. The SBA offers assistance not only to small businesses, but also to homeowners and renters in the form of low-interest loans.
We are very disappointed with this decision and appreciate the efforts being made on our behalf by Governor Abbott and Congressman Sessions. Although we will remain hopeful, we are sharing this notification now because we also realize that current information is essential to our citizens trying to recover from this disaster.
As we have previously shared, the President did grant the declaration for Public Assistance on Tuesday, February 9. This is very important to our community and citizens as it is used to help cities and counties recover a portion of the costs associated with the disaster, such as infrastructure repairs, debris removal, etc.
Please Be Aware of Post-Disaster Fraud Practices!
Under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Texas law specifically prohibits deceptive acts or practices following a disaster declared by the Governor. These acts may include the selling or leasing of fuel, food, medicine or other necessities at an excessive price or demanding an excessive price in connection with the sale of these items.
• Door-to-door sales are quite common in post-disaster areas. Under Texas law, the seller must advise you of your right to cancel the sale within three days, and you should always ask for a physical address and for references. Be wary of any contractor that asks for full payment in advance or provides you a contract with blank spaces in it.
• Residents who are covered by insurance should work closely with their insurance provider. When interviewing a contractor, ask questions, ask for identification and ensure any contractor you hire is a legitimate contractor in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.
• It is critically important that you safeguard your personal information. As state and federal assessment teams survey the damage, please know they will always have identification and will never ask for or accept money. Additionally, other post-disaster fraud practices may include fraudulent building or housing inspectors and contractors, phony pleas for disaster donations or fake offers of local, state or federal aid.
If you suspect fraud or have a complaint, call the Texas Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-621-0508.
12-26-2015 Tornado Path
Lost and Found Pet Info
The Rowlett Animal Shelter, located at 4402 Industrial, is open and accepting displaced and found pets. Citizens who have either lost an animal or found one are encouraged to call 972-412-6219 for information.
Information about Contractors for affected citizens.
After any disaster, communities are often flooded with contractors, not all of whom are honest. Although any contractor wishing to perform a job in Rowlett must register with the City, and carry proof of this registration at all times in the form of a receipt they receive (click on the link below to view a sample receipt). it is still incumbent upon the homeowner to thoroughly vet their contractor.
Disaster Contracting Flyer from the State of Texas
Sample Contractor Registration Receipt from the City of Rowlett
List of contractors currently registered to perform work in the City of Rowlett.
Post Disaster Contractor Practices
When recovering from a disaster reputable contractors are an important part of recovery efforts. However, citizens need to be aware of and prepared to protect themselves from attempts at fraud and deception by a relatively small number of disreputable companies. In 2011 the Texas Legislature amended the Business and Commerce Code to add additional protection for citizens when dealing with contactors following a Disaster. As a result, Chapter 58 was created under Title 4 of the Business and Commerce Code. Entitled ‘Disaster Remediation Contracts’, Chapter 58 specifies that a contractor cannot require a full or partial payment before work begins; this includes contractors who ask for cash up front. Chapter 58 also says this provision does not apply to a disaster remediation contractor that has a physical business address located in the county of the affected property or in an adjacent county for at least a year preceding the date of the contract. This is to allow residents who know a contractor to be reputable and reliable to go ahead and contract services quickly. Otherwise, contractors also may not require that the amount of any partial payment under the contract exceed an amount reasonably proportionate to the work performed, including any materials delivered.
Contractors-get info and register here.