The Federal Emergency Management Agency must clearly outline the criteria its inspectors used in determining whether to award aid for storm damage claims after Hurricane Dolly, a U.S. district judge ruled Wednesday.
The finding – which comes six months after 14 low-income homeowners sued the agency – could help thousands of Rio Grande Valley residents challenge decisions that denied them emergency assistance in the storm’s wake.
“FEMA will finally have to define how it determines who gets help to rebuild their homes and their lives,” said David Hall, executive director of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the organization representing the homeowners. “Because of this decision there are thousands of families across Texas who will have a chance to fight for the aid they should have received months ago.”
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