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City of Buda declares stage one drought restrictions

Effective July 27, 2015, the City of Buda has declared a Stage 1 Drought in accordance with the City’s adopted Drought Contingency Plan and Water Conservation Ordinance. This action is the result of growing concern over the lack of rain during the month of July, a desire to proactively help the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) avoid the triggering drought stages, and reduce pressure on the water infrastructure resulting from intensive watering of landscape. Water conservation can help prolong water supplies and delay well issues.

By the numbers: More than $306 million flows to Texas two months after flooding disaster

AUSTIN  – Federal dollars are flowing into Texas communities recovering from the May 4 through June 22 storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and floods.

To date, more than $306 million in federal grants, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans, and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims have been approved.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), partners in the state’s recovery, provide the following summary of disaster assistance efforts as of close of business July 29:

ERCOT requests conservation during hot days

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers to limit or reduce electric use where possible during the 3-7 p.m. peak demand hours.

Electric demand this week has reached three consecutive July records, breaking 67,000 megawatts (MW) for the first time since 2011 on Wednesday, July 29, when demand stayed above 67,000 MW for three consecutive hours, peaking at 67,590 MW during the hour ending at 5 p.m.

Buda now hands-free

David Short/Business Editor

The city of Buda is now hands-free after the city council passed an ordinance which prohibits “the use of portable hand-held electronic devices to engage in a call, or send, read or write a text message, or engage in any other use of the device while operating a moving motor vehicle or bicycle within the Buda city limits.”

Hands-free devices are allowed under the new law.

HUD Secretary Castro talks with Chris Walsh of FEMA.

FEMA’s Chris Walsh explains his agencies current role in San Marcos to HUD Secretary Castro as they tour the CM Allen homes with Mayor Daniel Guerrero (right) and Frank Arredondo (front), chair of SMHA. In the background is SMHA executive director Albert Sierra.

Albert Sierra, executive director of SMHA, gives a tour of one of the CM Allen homes damaged in the flood to HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Mayor Daniel Guerrero.

HUD Secretary Castro, the youngest member of President Obama’s Cabinet, speaks to reporters inside one of the CM Allen homes.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero greets Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro prior to the tour of the CM Allen homes damaged in the Memorial weekend flood. More photos on page 12.

HUD Secretary Castro visits flood hit San Marcos housing

David Short/Business Editor

In a rare visit by a member of a President’s Cabinet, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro came to San Marcos yesterday afternoon to tour flood hit public housing.

“It was important to be here today,” Castro said.  “HUD supports FEMA efforts.  Everyone is working hard to ensure San Marcos gets back to normal.”


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