CAPITOL UPDATE
From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2007
Contact:(512) 463-0124

JULY CAPITOL UPDATE

Dear Fellow Texan--

It seems like it is either feast or famine with the weather here in Texas. Just over twelve months ago, a large part of the state was impacted by a severe drought - impacting all segments of our economy. Now, as everyone is all too aware, it has rained in Texas for several weeks. These storms were in addition to the major storms that parts of the state experienced in May. This storm system caused and continues to cause severe damage throughout the state.

Five major river basins - the Colorado, Brazos, Nueces, Trinity and Red - are all at flood stage for the first time since 1957. Lakes and reservoirs are at their maximum capacity. The area affected by flooding is larger than some states at 48,434 square miles.

Fifteen counties in Senate District 24 have been named as state disaster areas by the Governor. Six counties in the state - including Lampasas County - were declared federal disasters for the storms that began on June 16th. Yesterday, the President added another 11 counties to the already issued federal disaster declaration. Those counties include three in Senate District 24 - Bell, Burnet and Eastland. The residents of these counties are now eligible for a wide variety of federal assistance programs.

Over the past week, I have toured devastated areas in Burnet and Eastland Counties. In Burnet County, over 18 inches of rain caused over $137 million in damage. Mandatory evacuations occurred in Eastland County as lake levels continued to rise. In Bell County, emergency crews had to rescue more than a half dozen people after Little River and Salado Creek both surged out of their banks. In each of these communities, the strength of the human spirit could be seen by the heroic efforts of our law enforcement and emergency personnel.

As I toured Burnet and Eastland Counties, and I'm sure is occurring in the rest of the District, I am heartened to see the hard work of our local government officials and volunteers who have done so much in such a short period of time to help our fellow Texans in their time of need. I've seen volunteers clearing debris, manning distribution sites and offering up their parking lots for those distribution sites. Over 328 different offices across the state's 44 flooded counties are working together to help our neighbors in their time of need.

As your elected representative in Austin, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you need additional assistance in your efforts to clean-up after the floods.

ELSEWHERE

INTERIM ACTION

It has been one month since the Legislature adjourned the regular session. Over the interim we will continue to study and research various issues. The Lieutenant Governor will be asking for suggestions of subjects and concerns for Senate committees to study over the next 18 months. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, please feel free to let my office know. I will be happy to convey those suggestions on to his office.

CONCLUSION

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with a state agency or wish to voice an opinion on any matter before the Texas Legislature. I always appreciate hearing from you and I hope to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Troy Fraser
State Senator
District 24

HOW TO CONTACT SENATOR TROY FRASER
Austin Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0124
FAX: (512) 475-3732
Marble Falls District Office
607 B Highway 281 North
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
(830) 693-9900
FAX: (830) 693-9603
Abilene District Office
500 Chestnut Street, Suite 810
Abilene, Texas 79602
(325) 676-7404
FAX: (325) 676-8060
Belton District Office
1920 North Main Street, Suite 101
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-3562
FAX: (254) 939-7611
Email: troy.fraser@senate.state.tx.us

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