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Texas Gov. Abbott Declares State Of Disaster For Harris County

The governor says the flooding is some of the worst he has seen in the Bayou City.


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The governor took a helicopter ride over the city to see the damage with his own eyes. Abbott said he has seen many natural disasters in the Houston area over the years, but this event is on the level with Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

“We have had other hurricane type weather where the wind effect is much more dramatic and much more damaging,” he said. “But as far as flooding is concerned, this ranks right up there with Allison.”

But he said lessons learned from that storm helped limit the damage from this week’s flooding.

Abbott has declared a state of disaster for Harris County, adding it to the other 45-plus counties in Texas with that designation.

The city of Houston has also declared a state of disaster. This triggers a process to receive assistance from the federal government.  

Nim Kidd, Texas chief of emergency management, said the damage in the state needs to meet a threshold to be eligible for federal dollars.

“As a state, we need $35.4 million of uninsured loss before we become eligible for those federal benefits,” Kidd said. “And I think we’re very close to that number, and we’re working very close with our federal partners in order to make sure that we get the most that we can.”

In Houston, Mayor Annise Parker said initial estimates count about 4,000 homes with significant damage.

Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for Harris County
Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster for Harris County


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