Disaster declaration issued for Bastrop Co.
Bastrop County's top public official has issued a disaster declaration for the county due to the continued heavy rain from Tropical Storm Harvey.
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Judge Paul Pape placed Bastrop County under a declaration of disaster at approximately 5:30 p.m. He said county-wide, rainfall exceeds 8 inches and rain is expected.
The declaration will allow Bastrop County to participate in additional state and federal assistance. It also provides for mandatory evacuations if that should become necessary, Judge Pape said.
The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management is asking all families who know their property is prone to flooding to consider voluntary evacuation. A shelter at the Smithville Rec Center, 106 Gazley, is open and manned 24 hours a day.