Commissioners Court Blog: Commissioners discuss flood damage

This morning the Travis County Commissioners Court met to discuss and vote on a variety of agenda items. The Halloween flooding in the Onion Creek area has been on the minds of many residents and was clearly a concern of the court this morning. The county will be looking in to a variety of options for assistance in providing relief for victims and cleaning up the damage from the floods. Currently the local Red Cross is providing shelter for displaced residents and the city and county are working together to clear debris and repair any damaged infrastructure. 

Travis County will be pursuing assistance from both state and federal agencies, however it is unclear whether these efforts will be successful.  To this point the state has not declared the area a disaster zone however the county will be composing a report and submitting it to the governor today with the hopes of demonstrating the need for assistance. Additional options being considered are opening a Disaster recovery Center staffed by FEMA and Texas state authorities as well as submitting a request to the Small Business Administration for expedited loans to damaged small businesses and individuals. 

Two public meetings will take place in the coming week for those affected by the floods to receive information and assistance navigating the counties buyout program.  Spanish translators are expected to be on site for these meetings to assist effected persons. 

Travis County Flooding Public Meeting Details: 

Overall meeting

Tuesday,  6:30 p.m.
Langford Elementary School
2206 Blue Meadow Drive, Austin

Travis County staff members will provide information on the buyout process and assist in filling out applications for buyout. Buyout applications are used to seek additional funding, apply for grants, and advise the Commissioners Court on budgetary needs for buyout.

For Timber Creek Residents Only

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
 South Rural Community Center
3518 FM 973 South, Del Valle,

Travis County staff members will provide information on the buyout process and assist in filling out applications for buyout. Buyout applications are used to seek additional funding, apply for grants and advise the Commissioners Court on budgetary needs for buyout.

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