Abbott Declares Regional Disaster As Rains Begin to Fall

posted by Jim Forsyth - 

Gov. Abbott today issued a disaster declaration for San Antonio, Austin, and most of south and southeast Texas as that tropical system begins to drop heavy rain across the region, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Abbott said the declaration allows the Texas State Operations Center to escalate its readiness level, and to move needed equipment to areas hit hard by flooding.

“The tropical disturbance impacting the Texas coast poses a threat of imminent disaster, including severe flooding, property damage and potential loss of life,” said Governor Abbott. “While we stand ready to deploy state resources to assist local officials in their response efforts, it is critical that all Texans in the storm’s path are prepared to ensure their own safety.”

The counties affected by the declaration include all counties in the San Antonio and Austin metro areas, as well as Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and southeast Texas.

The remnants of the tropical system are expected to dump 1 to 3 inches of rain on metro San Antonio, but, with the soils saturated, that could lead to significant street and intersection flooding, especially tonight, Saturday, and into Sunday.


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