Governor Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration For Northwest Texas Flooding

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has declared a disaster in the Texas Panhandle, High Plains, and South Plains regions due to severe storms and flooding that began on May 27. The counties included in the declaration are Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Deaf Smith, Garza, Hale, Lamb, Lynn, Potter, Randall, Parmer and Roberts.

The Governor stated that the State of Texas is ready to provide assistance to those affected by the storms. He also encouraged Texans to report damages through the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) survey so state and local officials can determine if additional federal assistance is needed.

Local and state officials are currently assessing damage across the affected region. As flood waters recede more counties may be added to the declaration as damage assessments are completed. To assist with this process Texans are encouraged to self-report damage through iSTAT which helps officials identify immediate resource needs and aids in determining eligibility for disaster assistance.

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The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) recovery personnel have been engaged in impacted communities alongside local officials to support recovery from storm damage. A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will open in Deaf Smith County today and tomorrow at First Baptist Church Gym in Hereford from 10:00 am through 6:00 pm on June 6 and 7. This MARC will connect impacted residents with disaster recovery information from local, state and nonprofit partners.

Governor Abbott concluded by thanking all state and local emergency response personnel who continue to help these communities recover from severe storms.

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