Texas: Governor Abbott Adds Counties To Severe Weather Disaster Declaration In May 2024

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has declared a state of disaster in several counties due to severe storms and flooding that began on April 26, 2024. The disaster proclamation was issued on Tuesday, April 30, and has been amended multiple times since then.

The affected counties include Anderson, Angelina, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Baylor, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Bosque, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee and many others. The severe weather conditions have caused widespread damage to properties and have resulted in injuries and loss of life.

In response to the situation at hand and in accordance with Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Abbott has amended the proclamation to include four additional counties - Denton, Montague Cooke and Collin. This brings the total number of affected counties to over a hundred.

To effectively deal with this disaster and provide necessary aid to those affected by it, Governor Abbott has authorized the use of all available resources from state government as well as political subdivisions. This includes emergency response teams and other necessary resources.

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Furthermore, in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code which allows for suspension of certain regulations during a disaster situation; Governor Abbott has suspended any regulatory statute or order that may hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster. This includes any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement that may impede emergency response efforts.

As per statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation will be filed with relevant authorities. The Governor's proclamation can be viewed on the official website.

This declaration comes as no surprise as Texas has been experiencing severe weather conditions for weeks now. Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding and river flooding while large hail and hazardous wind gusts have also been reported in some areas.

The Governor's office urges residents in affected areas to take necessary precautions and stay updated on the situation. They also advise following any evacuation orders issued by local authorities.

In conclusion, Governor Abbott's declaration of a state of disaster in multiple counties is a necessary step to ensure that all available resources are utilized to provide aid and assistance to those affected by the severe storms and flooding. The government is working diligently to mitigate the effects of this disaster and provide relief to affected communities.

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