Bastrop County responding to Hurricane hammering
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A torrential downpour born from Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on Bastrop and Caldwell counties. Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape reported, at least ten inches of rain dropped on most of the county with spots in it South end seeing more than double that.
Monday several county offices are closed as officials start assessing damage from Harvey.
Sunday at 5pm, Bastrop State Senator Kirk Watson announced Bastrop had been named in a state disaster declaration, which is required for federal aid to even have a chance to help fix damaged infrastructure and some cases go to residents rebuild their homes.
The rains flooded out more than 120 county roads and state highways, Pape said, those thoroughfares are barricaded for your own safety. Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook added, area law enforcement is taking these closures very seriously. It is illegal to go around a barricade on a flooded road, Cook continued, and his department had already arrested 8 drivers for ignoring the barrier.