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Israel M. Reyna, Attorney, 956.718.4600, ireyna@trla.org
Cynthia Martinez, Communications Director, 512.374.2764, cmartinez@trla.org

LAREDO, Texas – July 9, 2010 – Laredo residents who have suffered damages as a result of heavy rains and recent flooding are encouraged to take advantage of free legal assistance from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) to get back on their feet after the storms.

"Disasters such as heavy rains and flooding can trigger a variety of legal issues," said TRLA attorney Tracy Figueroa. "TRLA can help flood victims navigate those issues so that they receive the support they need to recover."

In the aftermath of flooding, residents often 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 or as they try to obtain disaster-related unemployment, public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security, or benefits from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Residents in need of legal help are encouraged to call TRLA's toll-free disaster assistance hotline at 1-866-757-1570. The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday and features a voicemail system that allows callers to leave their information when lines are busy or calls are unanswered. TRLA staff will return calls as soon as possible.

"People do not need to go through this process alone," added Figueroa. "TRLA is here to give Laredo residents the legal support they need."

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA's mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services.