RGV (KFXV) — New developments in an eight-year legal battle between Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and FEMA.
Several Rio Grande Valley families will now be able to have their cases reviewed once again.
26 families will have their applications for assistance for Hurricane Dolly, reevaluated– after a district court ordered FEMA to stop using one rule used to determine damages.
Single mother of five, Agustina Iglesias refers to aftermath caused by Hurricane Dolly in 2008.
Iglesias was one of dozens of valley residents, who were denied home-repair assistance by FEMA but, is now hopeful things might change.
This after the U.S. District Court in Brownsville found FEMA failed to comply with non-discretionary duties to determine those eligible for aid.
According to Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, FEMA deployed unqualified inspectors to record damages made by the natural disaster.
The single mother–whose roof caved in during the cyclone– says she received $400 that were used to buy basic necessities for her children and after earning enough money to begin repairs, she was able to hire someone to help her.
Representatives with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, estimate that just like Iglesias, more than 24-thousand families were denied home-repair assistance.
In a statement provided to FOX NEWS, a FEMA spokesperson tells us this order denies other allegations made against them. They are currently deliberating available options related to this order.
Any resident from Willacy, Cameron and Hidalgo counties who applied to FEMA for Dolly assistance and did not receive the home repair aid they believe is due, is asked to call Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid at 866-757-1570.