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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Fifteen Texas counties have been declared state disaster areas after October storms and flooding left seven people dead.

Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster declaration covers Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy, and Wilson counties.

The declaration, which clears the way for more government assistance, applies to damage from storms October 22 through October 31. The late-October heavy rain and flooding was blamed for seven deaths in the Austin, San Antonio and Houston areas.

The Austin area received more than 16 inches of rain during storms that began October 30.

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Texas is also seeking federal assistance for individuals in affected counties.  If the request is granted by the President, those affected in disaster counties may be eligible for Individual Assistance grants of up to $33,000 from the federal government, and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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