Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued an emergency declaration in response to the ice storm that has impacted the state, inflicting property harm, journey disruptions and energy outages.
The declaration covers Denton, Hays, Henderson, Milam, Smith, Travis and Williamson counties. The governor stated extra counties could possibly be added as harm assessments are accomplished. The governor has inspired residents to report damages to properties and companies utilizing the Particular person State of Texas Evaluation Device.
“The State of Texas has supplied all help requested all through the extreme climate this week, and we proceed to make sure that communities throughout our state have the sources and assist they should get well from the winter climate occasion,” Abbott stated in an announcement Saturday.
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“By way of this catastrophe declaration, we can present extra help to Texans and communities who’ve skilled property harm and localized energy outages from this ice storm,” he continued. “Texans are inspired to proceed reporting damages to the iSTAT harm survey, so we will meet all wants within the restoration course of.”
Repairs to broken infrastructure, the disposal of particles and harm assessments are being carried out.
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Within the emergency declaration, the governor approved using all out there sources of “state authorities and of political subdivisions which can be fairly obligatory to deal with this catastrophe.”
Abbott’s declaration stated that, beneath the Texas Authorities Code, any regulatory statute “prescribing the procedures for conduct of state enterprise or any order or rule of a state company that will in any means stop, hinder, or delay obligatory motion in dealing with this catastrophe shall be suspended upon written approval of the Workplace of the Governor.”
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“Nonetheless, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule relating to contracting or procurement would impede any state company’s emergency response that’s obligatory to guard life or property threatened by this declared catastrophe, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and guidelines during this declared catastrophe,” the declaration learn.