Abbott: ‘No challenge is too great for Texans to address’

Governor Abbott issues disaster declaration for statewide flood response

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, Aug. 23, Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference at Dallas City Hall. He signed a disaster declaration for 23 counties impacted by flooding. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s ongoing response to severe weather and flash flooding across Texas.

Governor Abbott held a briefing on current severe weather and flood conditions. The following individuals then joined the Governor at the press conference:

  • Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson,
  • Dallas Chief of Police Eddie Garcia,
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd,
  • Dallas Fire Chief Dominique Artis,
  • Dallas City Emergency Manager Rocky Vaz
  • and other local officials.

During the press conference, Governor Abbott thanked emergency management personnel, first responders and state and local officials for their quick, effective response to this historic flooding event. He also outlined resources the State of Texas has deployed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other regions in its severe weather and flood response.

Governor Abbott released the following statement

“No challenge is too great for Texans to address, and I commend Mayor Johnson, the City of Dallas, and emergency response personnel for their prolific life-saving response to yesterday’s unprecedented flooding event in North Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “The State of Texas will be ready and available to help all impacted communities every step of the way as they begin to navigate the recovery process in the aftermath of this storm. I ask Texans to join Cecilia and me in prayer for all communities affected by this severe weather and for the family and loved ones of Jolene Jarrell who lost her life in the flooding.”

The following counties are included in the Governor’s disaster declaration, with additional counties added as needed:

  • Camp,
  • Culberson,
  • Dallas,
  • Duval,
  • Ellis,
  • El Paso,
  • Henderson,
  • Hopkins,
  • Hudspeth,
  • Kaufman,
  • Kerr,
  • Live Oak,
  • Marion,
  • Montague,
  • Navarro,
  • Pecos,
  • Rains,
  • Smith,
  • Tarrant,
  • Upshur,
  • Van Zandt,
  • Webb
  • and Wood.

Governor Abbott encourages Texans impacted by severe weather and flash flooding in Dallas and other affected areas of Texas to file insurance claims with their providers. He also urges them to complete TDEM’s Self Reporting Damage Survey. This survey will help the state identify damages across Texas. It will also help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent severe weather.

The voluntary survey’s data provides information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine the state’s eligibility and highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals. It is available in both English and Spanish and can be accessed by visiting If you report damages to TDEM, it is voluntary and will not substitute for reporting damages to an insurance agency. It also does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, Governor Abbott led a statewide weather call with over 350 local emergency response officials from all regions across Texas ahead of this excessive rain and flash flooding. He also increased the readiness level of the State Emergency Operations Center for flood response on Monday, Aug. 22,

You can read the Governor’s disaster declaration here.

The Officer of the Texas Governor provided the above information and photo.