Texas: Governor Abbott Issues Severe Weather Disaster Declaratation In April 2024

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has declared a state of disaster in seven counties due to severe storms and flooding that began on April 9, 2024. The affected counties include Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Panola, Shelby, and Tyler.

The declaration was made in accordance with Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code and is a result of the widespread and severe property damage, injuries, and loss of life caused by heavy rainfall, flash flooding, large hail, and hazardous wind gusts.

In response to this disaster, Governor Abbott has authorized the use of all available resources from state government and political subdivisions to assist in coping with the situation. This authorization is in accordance with Section 418.017 of the Texas Government Code.

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Furthermore, Governor Abbott has suspended any regulatory statutes or orders that may hinder necessary actions in dealing with this disaster. This suspension is subject to written approval from the Office of the Governor and is in accordance with Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code.

Additionally, any state statutes or administrative rules regarding contracting or procurement will be suspended for the duration of this declared disaster if they impede emergency response efforts by state agencies to protect life or property. This suspension is also authorized by Governor Abbott.

As required by law, copies of this proclamation will be filed with relevant authorities. The proclamation was signed by Governor Abbott on April 15th at his office in Austin and attested by Secretary of State Jane Nelson.

The full text of the proclamation can be viewed on the official website for the State of Texas. The declaration serves as a call for assistance and resources to aid those affected by this natural disaster.

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