Governor Perry Declares Disaster for Four North Texas Counties - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/19/07

Governor Perry Declares Disaster for Four North Texas Counties

Governor Rick Perry has issued a Disaster Declaration in Cooke, Grayson, Lampasas and Tarrant counties due to severe storms, flooding and tornado damage in North Texas. 

"Recent storms have devastated the communities in North Texas, sadly taking lives and homes in the storms' path," Perry said.  "State resources and volunteer organizations are on site providing assistance, and we will continue to work with local officials in addressing the needs of these communities."

On Monday, Perry deployed high-profile vehicles and Texas Military Forces soldiers at the request of local officials to North Texas counties impacted by severe storms and flooding during the past several days to provide continued search operations in these communities.  The governor also made available aviation assets to assist local officials in search operations as needed and is prepared to send additional resources upon request by local authorities.

The Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are also assisting with search operations.  The Texas Department of Transportation, the Department of State Health Services, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Animal Health Commission, as well as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the Texas Baptist Men and various other organizations are at the disaster sites providing needed assistance.

The governor's Disaster Declaration opens the door to a variety of assistance from state agencies, including the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, (TDHCA), the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Office of Rural and Community Affairs (ORCA).

TDHCA administers emergency assistance through the disaster relief HOME program. This program can provide up to $500,000 per jurisdiction for distribution to qualified individual applicants.

NRCS, which issues emergency assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, can assist communities with a range of projects such as debris removal, erosion control, and repair of bridges and culverts.

Upon request from the governor, qualifying communities with populations less than 50,000 and counties with populations less than 200,000 are eligible to receive up to $350,000 in emergency grants from ORCA for infrastructure losses.

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