Gov. Greg Abbott Issues Emergency Declaration Amid Winter Weather

Feb. 6, 2023- Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued an emergency declaration in response to the ice storm that has impacted the state, causing property damage, travel disruptions and power outages.

The Declaration covers Denton, Hays, Henderson, Milam, Smith, Travis and Williamson counties. Abbot stated that additional counties could be added to the list as damage assessments are currently still underway. Abbot also asked for any residents who have damages on their homes or businesses to report them using the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool.

“The State of Texas has provided all assistance requested throughout the severe weather this week, and we continue to ensure that communities across our state have the resources and support they need to recover from the winter weather event,” Abbot stated during a interview.

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“Through this disaster declaration, we will be able to provide additional assistance to Texans and communities who have experienced property damage and localized power outages from this ice storm,” he continued. “Texans are encouraged to continue reporting damages to the iSTAT damage survey, so we can meet all needs in the recovery process.”

Currently repairs to infrastructures, the removal of limbs and debris and the assessment of total damages are currently underway.

The declaration has allowed the usage of all available resources of “state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.”

Author: Ethan Klein

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