Governor Perry Requests Federal Declaration For Seven Counties Following November Storm Damage
AUSTIN - Governor Rick Perry has requested that President George W. Bush declare Blanco, Caldwell, Edwards, Hays, Kimble, Real and Travis counties major disaster areas as a result of severe storms, floods and tornadoes occurring November 15-18.
Perry requested federal assistance after federal, state and local damage assessment teams surveyed the extent of the damage on November 26-29.
The severe storms resulted in significant flash flooding and spawned tornadoes in several areas of the Texas Hill Country, Central Texas and South Central Texas. The storms that struck the seven counties resulted in 10 deaths and damaged hundreds of homes. The event also damaged buildings, roads, bridges and public utility systems and left a large amount of debris.
If a Federal Disaster Declaration is granted, it could provide federal grants for individuals and families, disaster housing, disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling and Small Business Administration disaster loans. Assistance also may be made available for debris removal and hazard mitigation projects, and loans may be made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and coordinated by the Division of Emergency Management.
A number of state agencies have already provided assistance. The Texas Department of Public Safety supplied personnel and equipment to assist with communications, coordination of resources, security, damage survey, and search and rescue. The Texas Army National Guard activated four UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and support personnel to assist with swift water rescue. The Texas Engineering Extension Service provided four swift water rescue teams. The Texas Department of Transportation provided road barricades and traffic message boards for flooded roads and bridges. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department assisted with swift water rescues due to the flash flooding that occurred. The American Red Cross provided emergency response vehicles to damaged areas.
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