Gov. Greg Abbott continues to visit affected cities in Texas following severe weather

Gov. Greg Abbott signs state disaster for 16 counties impacted by severe weather

TEXAS – Gov. Greg Abbott continued to make his rounds to visit the hardest-hit areas of Texas impacted by the severe weather.

On Wednesday, the governor met with local officials in Sherman and then later in Elgin. He spoke about the state’s ongoing response to the severe weather.

Abbott signed another disaster of declaration to help accelerate the growing help in hardest-hit counties.

“The spirit of resiliency in the Lone Star State shines bright as Texans continue to come together to support one another in the aftermath of these tornadoes,” Abbott said. “Thank you to all first responders and Texas DPS officers who answered the call Monday night and continue to work tirelessly to help the communities of Sherman and Elgin navigate response and recovery efforts. I ask Texans join Cecilia and me in praying for the victims recovering in the hospital in Grayson County, including the loved ones of Viranda Rodgers who lost her life as a result of the tornado. There is no force of nature more powerful than Texans helping Texans, and together we will rebuild our state stronger than before.”

He said 52 homes were damaged and at least eight people suffered serious injuries in Grayson County. The efforts to restore power to residents in the area is a high priority for local officials. The governor also thanked local officials in Sherman and Elgin, first responders, and the Texas Department of Public Safety for putting the safety of fellow Texans before their own and helping their communities over the course of the storms.

For those who want to help Grayson and other surrounding counties, Abbott said you can text GCTV to 313131 to help financially. Bastrop County residents may also contact the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management hotline (512-303-4300) to receive disaster relief assistance.

The governor noted that residents should continue to report storm damage to receive financial support from FEMA to damage.tdem.texas.gov.

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