Edinburg waives fence, roofing permit fees for storm damage

Edinburg waives fence, roofing permit fees for storm damage

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HIdalgo County residents are still collecting bits and pieces from last weekend’s storm and to help, the City of Edinburgh is waiving permit fees for fencing and roof repairs.

According to a press release, the City of Edinburgh’s Building Security Department is waiving public safety from Friday and until Friday 19 April.

The decision to waive the permit fees came afterwards storm last Friday which saw winds of 70 to 85 miles per hour causing damage to residential and commercial properties throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Edinburgh residents affected by the storm can apply for the necessary permits online via the City of Edinburgh website or visit the Building Safety Department office at Edinburgh City Hall, 415 W. University Drive, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

For more information, the community is asked to call (956) 388-8203.

Hidalgo County Precinct 3 also encourages affected residents to report property damage to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) as part of their damage assessment.

“Reporting storm damage is a critical step in helping our communities in District 3 recover from last week’s storm,” District 3 Commissioner Everardo Villarreal said in a press release. “I encourage all Hidalgo County residents whose properties were affected by the storms to submit damage information through our online reporting tool at damage.tdem.texas.gov.”

All Hidalgo County residents are encouraged to report any damage sustained to homes and businesses during last Friday’s storm using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage assessment.

The iSTAT survey is available online in both English and Spanish at the above website by clicking on “Severe Weather 26th April – Ongoing”.

“The information provided by Texans in the iSTAT survey helps emergency management officials gain an understanding of the damage that has occurred and helps officials determine whether the state is meeting federal requirements for various forms of disaster relief, as well as immediate resource needs to determine.” read the press release.

Tutorial videos in English and Spanish are available to explain how to fill out the iSTAT surveys.