Travis County declares local disaster as floodwaters continue to rise

October 18, 2018 - 4:24 pm

TRAVIS COUNTY (KJCE) -- Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has declared a local disaster in Travis County as a record amount of water continues to move through the Highland Lakes.

Eckhardt made the declaration Thursday, alongside a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

"Numerous homes around Lake Travis have flooded or are expected to flood as the water continues to rise while the Lower Colorado River Authority moves record amounts of water through the Highland Lakes of the Colorado River in Travis County," Eckhardt wrote. "Travis County and jurisdictions within Travis County expect to incur significant costs associated with debris removal and road repair once the water begins to recede."

Weather forecasts call for several inches of possible rain across the Highland Lakes over the next few days.

Abbott issued a state disaster declaration on Tuesday for Travis County and 17 other Texas counties, including much of the Hill Country.

"Texas is taking immediate action to respond to the threat of recent severe weather and flooding across the state," Abbott said in a statement. "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."

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