Following severe weather and flooding in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster proclamation on April 18.
On Monday the declaration only included nine counties, but after adding an additional seven counties Friday, 16 counties are now said to be in state of disaster.
Because the conditions continue to exist, he declared a disaster in Austin, Bastrop, Bosque, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Milam, Montogomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, San Jacinto, Waller and Wharton counties in the State of Texas.
In relation to the proclamation, Abbott also authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster, according to the press release issued by the Office of the Governor.
“Any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with the disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor,” the release said.