Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Bastrop County Awarded Disaster Recovery Grant

Tuesday, April 16, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry announced the Governor's Office has authorized a short-term grant of up to $1,612,500 for Bastrop County for the purpose of wildfire recovery and securing additional funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This grant is being awarded from state funds appropriated for disaster relief, and contingent upon reimbursement from the Texas Legislature through supplemental appropriations.

"Rebuilding after a disaster is never easy, but as Texans, we will never give up simply because something was too difficult to endure," Gov. Perry said. "Getting back up after being knocked down is necessary to secure the longevity of the community, and this grant will help ensure Bastrop gets back on its feet and continues down the road to recovery."

"Over the past 19 months, the county has invested more than $6 million into the recovery effort. But our work isn't finished, and this grant will do a lot to help us complete it," Sen. Kirk Watson said. "This is another example of how the Bastrop community has worked with leaders at all levels of government to effectively leverage money, stretch it as far as they can, and rebuild this special place."

"I would like to sincerely thank the Governor, his staff and the State of Texas for the support given to the people of Bastrop County in the aftermath of the wildfire devastation," Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt said.
The 2011 wildfire season was one of the most destructive in state history. The Bastrop County fires burned over 32,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,700 homes and buildings.

To view pictures, please visit Bastrop County Disaster Recovery Grant.

For a copy of the governor's letter to Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape, please visit:


Attached File: Bastrop_County.pdf

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced the Texas Governor's Office has authorized a short-term grant of up to $1,612,500 for Bastrop County for the purpose of wildfire recovery & securing additional funds from FEMA at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, TX on April 16th, 2013
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