COVER: The 2015 Halloween flood forced an emergency evacuation of Travis Elementary in San Marcos and thousands of homes and businesses in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Wimberley and Martindale. CITY OF SAN MARCOS PHOTO
FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS
AUSTIN — Six Central Texas counties — Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Comal, Travis and Bastrop — are among 15 counties formally declared disaster areas today by Gov. Greg Abbott following flooding and a tornado during a wave of severe weather between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31.
If President Obama grants the governor’s request for federal aid, affected property owners in the disaster areas will be eligible to apply for individual assistance grants of up to $33,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
In a written statement, Abbott said flooding “forever changed many Texans’ lives.”
“Declaring a disaster in the Lone Star State may allow affected citizens across the state to gain access to the resources they need in order to start rebuilding their lives. I have no doubt that the victims of this flooding will build an even stronger future for themselves, their families and the State of Texas,” Abbott said.
Other counties included in the disaster declaration include Brazoria, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Willacy and Wilson counties. The initial declaration does not cover damage to public infrastructure including roads, bridges and government buildings.Email | Print