WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas - Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell signed an order declaring a Local State of Disaster for Williamson County.
This comes after a tornado touched down in the Jarrell area, as well as high winds and severe thunderstorms that traveled through the county on Monday night.
"We are very fortunate that there was no loss of life associated with the tornado. My heart goes out to the families who were affected by last night’s storm. We need to do all that we can to help them restore their property and restore their lives," said County Judge Bill Gravell. "Because of the damage seen and reported, I am signing the order declaring a local disaster."
- Possible tornado touches down as severe storms leave damage in Williamson County
- Tornado reported in Williamson County, warnings issued
A local disaster declaration allows local officials to exercise emergency powers to preserve life, property and public health and enables them to use available resources to respond to the disaster. It also allows affected property owners to apply for federal or state assistance programs, should they become available.
The local disaster declaration is in effect for seven days.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management iSTAT Dashboard, so far, reports 59 properties have damage with three properties reported as destroyed and four with major damage. The remainder have minor damage or were just somehow affected.
Property owners are encouraged to report their damage to damage.tdem.texas.gov.
Natural disasters create stress on families, including children. Anyone wanting crisis counseling should call the Bluebonnet Trails Community Services crisis hotline at 1-800-841-1255.
A copy of the disaster declaration can be viewed below: