Obama Signs Disaster Declaration For Texas as Death Toll From Storms Rises to 30

Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise Friday in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rains that have brought flooding and deaths to the state. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jay Janner/TNS /Landov)
Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise Friday in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rains that have brought flooding and deaths to the state. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jay Janner/TNS /Landov)

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Texas late Friday after the state suffered severe flooding throughout the week.

The White House said Obama ordered federal aid to supplement other recovery efforts affected by the severe weather since May 4. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had requested a presidential declaration to get federal help for the affected counties earlier Friday after declaring a state of emergency for 24 more counties.

Obama’s actions make federal funding available to affected individuals in Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties. Funding is also available to governments and some nonprofits on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Cooke, Grimes, Harris, Hayes, Navarro and Van Zandt counties.

At least 30 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-six of the deaths have been in Texas alone, and 11 people were still missing Saturday.

The Brazos River southwest of Houston was the main area of concern Saturday as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. Floyd Preston’s home in the Houston suburb of Rosenberg is about 100 yards from the flooded river and three houses from a police barricade marking the evacuation zone.

Earlier in the week, the Colorado River in Wharton and the San Jacinto River near Houston were threatening homes, but the National Weather Service said both are expected to recede below flood stage by Sunday. Wharton authorities said Saturday they were considering lifting a mandatory evacuation; residents from 30 homes were ordered to evacuate Friday.

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SOURCE: Fox News, The Associated Press

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