AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott Jan. 13 asked for a presidential disaster declaration for three counties that sustained widespread damage attributed to severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes.
The stormy weather Oct. 20-21 hit Cameron, Dallas and Erath counties. Abbott’s request includes public assistance and hazard mitigation.
“The State of Texas is committed to ensuring the people of Cameron, Dallas and Erath counties have the resources they need to continue rebuilding the public infrastructure,” Abbott said. “With the help of our federal partners, these communities can rebuild quickly and gain access to important recovery resources. I ask that the president swiftly grant this request in order to expedite valuable support to these counties.”
If Abbott’s request is granted, local jurisdictions will be eligible for federal reimbursement for the cost of disaster-related debris removal, emergency measures to protect life and property and permanent repair work to damaged or destroyed infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water treatment facilities, parks and publicly owned property.
Gov. Abbott Jan. 14 extended the disaster proclamation he originally signed Aug. 23, 2017, and amended several times, thereafter, pertaining to 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Texas law authorizes the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster.
Ed Sterling the Director of Member Services for the Texas Press Association.