Texas Flood Damage Estimate Spikes

AUSTIN (November 28, 2013) An updated estimate of damage from the deadly Halloween flooding in the Austin area is more than seven times the initial estimate, Travis County officials say.

Four people died in the flood.

A county report released Wednesday estimates the damage totaled $107.3 million, mainly from damage to roads, bridges and public utilities and the cost of debris removal.

The initial cost to local governments in Travis County was $14.4 million and $1 million each in adjacent Hays and Williamson Counties.

Total damage statewide would have to add up to $35 million to qualify for federal disaster aid.

The new report also estimates that 755 homes were damaged by the flood, more than 500 of which were destroyed or suffered major damage.

Fewer than 150 of them have flood insurance.


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