Williamson County Extends Disaster Declaration

The Williamson County Commissioners Court this week extended the local disaster declaration for 30 days, expiring now on March 9. A copy of the extended declaration can be found here.

In order to receive a federal disaster declaration, the state must demonstrate that its uninsured damage meets or exceeds $51,587,544, and Williamson County’s damage must meet or exceed $2,704,035.48. A federal disaster declaration could allow for people with property damage to receive some financial assistance, such as low interest loans, for those who are uninsured or underinsured. Because of this, the county is asking anyone who sustained damage to report it at https://damage.tdem.texas.gov/.

No amount of damage is too small to report, officials said.

“If you have any damage to your home, let’s capture it,” said Michael Shoe, Williamson County Director of Emergency Management.

As cleanup continues, the Williamson County Landfill in Hutto is accepting clean brush for a reduced fee. Waste Management is offering a reduced fee of $10 plus tax per pickup truckload of limbs and clean brush now through Feb. 19. In addition, the Commissioners Court approved waiving its 6.5% fee for these pickup truckloads. This payment scale is for non-commercial vehicles and excludes trailers. The normal charge for clean brush/wood is $8.64 per cubic yard. Trash/debris is $46.90 per ton.

Williamson County is not under a burn ban.  Residents in the unincorporated area may burn brush if it is not against their deed restrictions and if they have checked with their Emergency Service District to see if a permit is required, the county said. A list of ESD phone numbers is available here.

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