Edinburg waives fence, roofing permit fees for storm damage

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Trees seen ripped apart in Edinburg on Saturday, April 29, 2023, due to heavy winds the previous evening. (Monitor Photo)

Hidalgo County residents are still picking up the pieces from the storm last weekend and to help, the city of Edinburg is waiving permit fees for fencing and roof repairs.

According to a news release, the city of Edinburg Building Safety Department is waiving permitting fees for fence and roofing (shingle replacement) repairs starting Friday and continuing through Friday, May 19.

The decision to waive the permitting fees came after last Friday’s storm that saw winds ranging from 70 to 85 mph, resulting in damage to private and commercial properties throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Edinburg residents who were affected by the storm can apply for the necessary permits online through the city of Edinburg’s website or by visiting the Building Safety Department office at Edinburg City Hall, located at 415 W. University Drive from, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Hidalgo County Precinct 3 is also encouraging affected residents to report property damage to the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) through its damage survey.

“Reporting storm damage is a critical step to helping our Precinct 3 communities recover from last week’s storm,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Everardo Villarreal said in a news 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 damages sustained to homes and businesses during last Friday’s storm using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) damage survey.

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

“The information provided by Texans in the iSTAT survey aids emergency management officials in gaining an understanding of damages that have occurred and helps officials determine if the state meets federal requirements for various forms of disaster assistance, as well as identify any immediate resource needs,” the news release read.

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