Governor Abbott Declares State Of Disaster For 13 Texas Counties

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September 19, 2019 - 2:35 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a state of disaster for 13 counties that are currently experiencing widespread flooding from tropical depression Imelda.

The flood emergency continues this afternoon in portions of southeast Texas, thanks to the torrential rains from Imelda. 

Forecasters say some areas could see up to three feet of rain by the time this is over.

In accordance with the authority vested to Governor Abbott, by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, he declared a state of disaster in the counties of; Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, and San Jacinto.

In a statement from the Governor's office: "Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster."