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Abbott issues severe weather disaster declaration for northwest Texas flooding | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Lauren Scott | – 2023-06-07 14:40:00

(The Center Square) – Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration on June 6 for the Texas Panhandle, High Plains, and South Plains regions impacted by severe storms and flooding that began on May 27. 

The storms continue to affect homes, businesses and the agriculture industry throughout the region, according to a June 6 news release. Counties in the declaration include Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Deaf Smith, Garza, Hale, Lamb, Lynn, Potter, Randall, Parmer, and Roberts counties.

In the declaration, Abbott stated the storms and flooding “are causing widespread and severe property damage, injury, or loss of life.”

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Abbott encouraged all Texans affected by the storms to report damages through the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool. Through the iSTAT damage survey, state and local officials can determine if the state meets the requirements for additional federal assistance. 

“As flood waters recede, those damage assessments will continue, and determinations will be made about the eligibility of various forms of federal disaster assistance for impacted residents,” according to the news release

More counties may be added to the declaration as damage surveys are completed.

Roadway travel is discouraged in affected areas. Texans are encouraged to visit DriveTexas.org to check travel conditions before driving. 

“As directed by the governor, additional state agencies continue to support requests for assistance from local officials,” according to the news release. “Texas Division of Emergency Management recovery personnel remain engaged in the impacted communities alongside local officials to support the region's recovery from this storm damage.”

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Abbott said he is thankful to all state and local emergency response personnel who continue to help these communities during this time.

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100-year-old Central California woman celebrates 25th birthday on Leap Day

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abc13.com – KFSN – 2024-02-29 22:25:46

SUMMARY: Helen Davidson of Park Visalia Assisted Living & Memory Care celebrates her 100th birthday, which is only her 25th because she was born on a leap year. She credits her faith and family for a full life and emphasizes the importance of being a good person. Davidson’s daughter praises her mother’s likable and fun personality and her dedication to physical activity. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Davidson later became a teacher after earning a degree from Fresno State. Her family plans to celebrate her milestone with a weekend of festivities, and Davidson expresses gratitude for their presence.

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Airbnb: Austin, Hill Country most booked ahead of solar eclipse weekend

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-02-29 20:46:36

SUMMARY: Airbnb has noticed a surge in interest for properties along the path of the upcoming solar eclipse in April. Austin and the Hill Country in Texas are trending destinations for travelers wanting to experience the eclipse. Texas is among the most-booked states, with a 600% increase in searches for the weekend of the eclipse. Over 60% of listings along the eclipse path in Texas are already booked. Airbnb reported a 1000% increase in searches for stays along the eclipse path in the US, with other popular cities including Mazatlán, Indianapolis, Montreal, and more. The eclipse will be the last to cross North America for over 20 years.

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Astros Foundation College Classic 2024: Texas State baseball player Chase Mora brings record-setting play to Minute Maid Park

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abc13.com – Adam Winkler – 2024-02-29 20:15:57

SUMMARY: Texas State University sophomore Chase Mora is excited to play in Houston’s Minute Maid Park for the first time during the Astros Foundation College Classic. Despite being overlooked by major programs due to a high school arm injury, Mora led the Bobcats with 17 home runs in his freshman season, earning him All-America honors. Mora was named National Player of the Week twice last season, with a memorable debut where he hit a home run in each of his first three plate appearances. He was honored in his hometown parade and looks forward to adding playing in the Astros’ home ballpark to his impressive college resume.

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