Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration for multiple Texas counties after severe weather, flooding

Published: Jun. 6, 2023 at 3:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2023 at 5:39 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Governor Greg Abbott has issued a declaration of disaster for several Texas counties affected by the severe weather and flooding events.

The counties listed in the declaration include Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Deaf Smith, Garza, Hale, Lamb, Lynn, Parmer, Potter, Randall and Roberts counties.

The declaration means Amarillo and other area communities impacted by severe flooding will be getting state resources to help.

Those resources include extra personnel for traffic control and road closures, support pumping out water, and environmental quality personnel to monitor contaminated water and wastewater. The state’s animal health commission will be on hand to help with livestock support.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in conjunction with the Amarillo Office of Emergency Management, is providing an online portal for the public to submit damage assessment surveys from recent rain and flooding.

The Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT) is an online resource for reporting personal and commercial property damage. Damage assessments are voluntary and are not a substitute for reporting damages to an insurance agency.

The objective of the survey is to help state and local emergency management officials across the state to identify and gain an understanding of damages that have occurred during recent natural disaster activity.

“It’s important that everyone apply through the right entity, so that’s TDEM. So you are able to, as a property owner, to fill out your own application. We at the City of Amarillo want to help you in any way we can,” said Mayor Cole Stanley.

There is no guarantee of disaster relief assistance by reporting a damage assessment survey, according to a City of Amarillo press release.

The city’s update comes after Gov. Abbott signed a declaration of disaster earlier today.

According to the declaration, the severe storms and flooding event that began on May 27, which included heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and hazardous wind gusts, are causing widespread and severe property damage, injury or loss of life.

In accordance with section 418 of the Texas Government Code, the governor has authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster, according to the document.