Austin declares local state of disaster to help flood recovery

AUSTIN, Texas—The City of Austin mayor, Steve Adler, declared a local state of disaster Thursday to help with recovery after the recent Halloween flood.

Thursday afternoon, Mayor Adler signed the declaration to remain in effect for seven days until it is ratified and extended by the city council.  A special-called meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 8, where officials say the item will appear on the agenda for ratification and extension.

Mayor Steve Adler released a statement, saying:

“Due to the extreme amount of rainfall and record flooding that struck the City of Austin on October 30, 2015, the City is facing tremendous physical and economic losses.  Tragically, there has been loss of life.  Hundreds of homes and businesses have been damaged, and many more residents and families are in need of temporary housing and other individual assistance.” Mayor Adler wrote in a memo to the City Council today. “Likewise, our City departments and public utilities are incurring unanticipated costs as they support our residents and address damages to infrastructure.”

Officials said the disaster declaration allows for greater coordination with Travis County’s own disaster declaration to facilitate reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

If you are in need of assistance and may qualify for FEMA, you can search your area and see if you are eligible to register your home here. If you need assistance from the county, you can contact your county Emergency Management Service officials; they can guide you through the process for declaring flood damage. 

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