Spurred by major flooding that damaged homes and took lives in Central Texas, Austin's mayor has declared a local state of disaster, seinding a letter to Gov. Rick Perry outlining the need for state and federal aid. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the City Council was pondering helping flooded-out homeowners by waiving permit and development fees. The number of affected homes numbered at least 1,100 within the city and 260 within Travis County.
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