Central Texas counties declare state of disaster after severe weather

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 19:44:47-04

With Central Texas under flood watches and even warnings in some places Wednesday afternoon, more rain in the forecast is cause for concern.

Milam and Robertson counties have declared states of disaster, because of the damage recent floods have already caused.

A preliminary assessment of current damage in Milam County estimates it at about $250,000.

Crews in both counties are currently working on repairs.

Officials say they're assessing roads to see which ones will be most likely to flood as result of the rains overnight.

They also have emergency responders and local shelters on standby in case of disaster.

In Hill County, a disaster declaration has not been issued, but officials there are also preparing for the worst.

The emergency manager for the county estimates that the already flooded Lake Whitney will rise by up to 7 feet Thursday morning.

By the end of the week, it's expected to exceed last year's record flood totals.

Businesses and residents near the lake have been notified to take action.

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