Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has renewed a drought emergency in more than 200 of the states counties. The order authorizes that all necessary measures be implemented to aid response efforts.
Governor Perry, initially issued the emergency declaration on July 5, 2011. 2011 was Texas’s driest year ever. Monday’s proclamation extends that emergency declaration. The drought is reaching historic levels, and continues to be a threat on public health, property, and the economy. Extremely dry conditions are cause for alarm as wild fires could get out of hand quickly.
The emergency proclamation suspends “all rules and regulations that may inhibit or prevent prompt response to this threat” for the duration of the state of disaster. Several bills have been presented in the legislature to help in the construction of water infrastructure.