Williamson County releases preliminary damage report from tornado outbreak
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) – Following a damage assessment by county officials, more than 400 structures outside of Round Rock and in unincorporated areas of Williamson County were damaged by tornadoes on March 21.
The preliminary count of damaged homes in those areas stands at 430, and county officials have urged people with property damaged by the tornado to report it to the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
On March 30, Round Rock city officials said the tornadoes caused at least $32 million in damage to 680 homes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also been surveying the area for possible federal disaster declarations, but it could take FEMA weeks to determine, county officials said.
With help from the American Red Cross and the Austin Disaster Relief Network, Williamson County opened a multi-agency resource center three days a week, and about 110 families benefited from the help it provided. provided for things like food, clothing, document retrieval and debris removal. It’s closed now, but families still having trouble can call ADRN at 512-806-0800 or the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 and then choose option #4.
The Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans to homeowners and business owners to recover from declared disasters. More information on which can be found on the SBA website.
There is also a temporary exemption from appraised value in areas declared disasters by Governor Greg Abbott. Qualifying properties that have at least 15% disaster damage can apply for an exemption of a portion of their appraised value, which provides property tax relief. Owners must apply for the exemption within 105 days of reporting.
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