AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 18 flood-stricken counties in Central and South Texas.
Tuesday’s declaration lifts state restrictions and regulations on any state response, authorizing the use of all available resources to help with emergencies.READ MORE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Diagnosed With COVID-19
In his proclamation, Abbott notes that severe weather and prolonged flooding that began on October 7 “has caused widespread and severe property damage and threatens loss of life.”READ MORE: Where To Get Tested For COVID-19 In North Texas
The counties covered by the declaration are Bastrop, Burnet, Colorado, Fayette, Hood, Jim Wells, Kerr, Kimble, La Salle, Live Oak, Llano, Mason, McMullen, Nueces, Real, San Patricio, Travis and Williamson.
The proclamation came as water levels on the Llano and Colorado rivers soared. The current on the Llano was so high that it collapsed the bridge on FM 2900 near Kingsland.MORE NEWS: School Districts Across North Texas Close Due To Surge In COVID-19 Cases And Teacher Shortages
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