Hays County Judge signs local disaster declaration

Rushing water from Cypress Creek (KXAN Photo)
Rushing water from Cypress Creek (KXAN Photo)

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS (KXAN) — Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., signed a local disaster declaration for Hays County Saturday, October 31. This officially activates the Hays County Emergency Management Plan and mobilizes local resources to assess and begin recover efforts following flooding that caused major damage over Halloween weekend.

“The Local Disaster Declaration is designed to ensure that we enable all resources possible and that governments can act quickly by bypassing some of the usual procurement and administrative processes,” Judge Cobb said.

By signing this declaration, it allows the county to request state resources to help with immediate hazards, such as damaged roads and bridges.

It also means that if damage assessment teams find that the damage in the county is beyond the ability of its residents to recover from, the county must request a federal disaster declaration.

Damage assessment teams are already gathering initial damage estimates throughout Hays county. Residents of Hays county can help by reporting their damaged property. For more information on how to report damage, visit our story here. 

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