Kerr County Judge Rob Kelly signed a proclamation about noon on Monday, declaring the county in a “Local State of Disaster” due to the severe and damaging winter weather experienced last week in the Texas Hill Country. The move puts local residents and business owners one step closer to receiving federal funds to repair and recover from damages caused during the extreme winter storm.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a statewide disaster declaration before the winter weather event on Feb. 12, and requested both public and individual assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had approved 77 counties for both public and individual assistance; however, Kerr County was only approved for public assistance at the time, Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator William B. “Dub” Thomas said.

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