HOUSTON (July 15, 2013)--Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a drought disaster proclamation for much of Texas, including some of the state’s most populated areas as well as all of Central Texas.
The proclamation, which Perry renewed on Friday, allows impacted counties to receive private and public assistance to deal with a drought that has been lingering in some areas since late 2010.
The proclamation includes Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Mills and San Saba Counties in Central Texas.
The proclamation also includes Dallas and the Austin area.
Much of Texas has been struggling with drought for about three years.
In 2011, a historic one-year dry spell parched the state, making water issues a top priority for lawmakers in their most recent legislative session.
They voted to set aside $2 billion for a new fund that would help build key infrastructure to ensure the state has enough water for its rapidly growing population.