Gov. Abbott issues Disaster Declaration for 18 counties impacted by severe weather and flooding

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a State Disaster Declaration on Tuesday, October 16 for Kimble and Mason counties, as well as 16 other Central Texas counties, due to the impact by recent flooding and severe weather. 

Counties included in the Disaster Declaration are: Bastrop, Burnet, Colorado, Fayette, Hood, Jim Wells, Kerr, Kimble, La Salle, Live Oak, Llano, Mason, McMullen, Nueces, Real, San Patricio, Travis, and Williamson.

“We have made available all necessary resources to respond as quickly and effectively as possible to this disaster, and to assist those in harm’s way,” Abbott said in a statement. “I thank all our first responders and local officials on the ground in these communities for their efforts to assist fellow Texans during this dangerous event.”

Both Llano and Colorado rivers were experiencing major flooding, with some areas along their banks being evacuated. A bridge on Farm-to-Market Road 2900 near Kingsland collapsed Tuesday over the Llano River due to the high water flowing rapidly beneath it.

High rainfall amounts, along with saturated soils, can produce rapid runoff, and low water crossings can flood quickly. Creeks and streams can fill with swift-moving water.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crockett,  Irion, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Runnels, Schleicher, Sutton, and Tom Green counties until Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Most of the Concho Valley can expect rainfall amounts of one to three inches, with localized amounts over four inches possible.

Rain remains in the forecast into the weekend. 

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