Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has activated its disaster assistance hotline and advocates have begun conducting free legal clinics in response to the devastating floods that hit Central Texas over the Memorial Day holiday.
In the aftermath of the flooding, residents can encounter a variety of legal issues including denials of insurance claims, problems with a landlord or mortgage company, and price gouging. Residents may also need legal assistance to replace copies of important legal documents, apply for disaster assistance through FEMA, or obtain disaster-related unemployment or public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security.
TRLA has partnered with the Hays County Bar Association and Austin Bar Association to staff a legal clinic at the San Marcos Victims Resource Center to help flood victims with these issues. The clinic allows individuals to ask basic legal questions, get educated on their legal rights during the rebuilding process, and apply for more extensive legal services. TRLA’s Disaster Assistance hotline offers the same services to individuals unable to attend a clinic and offers a call-back service in the event that lines are busy.
Individuals needing legal assistance with matters related to the flooding can call TRLA’s Disaster Assistance hotline at 1-866-757-1570 or visit our free legal clinic from 3 to 7pm, Monday through Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Marcos. Additional resources are available online at www.trla.org/centexfloods