Public Safety

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County official says damage from Halloween flood likely underestimated

A Travis County official says that estimates of the damage from the Halloween flood may have been “grossly underestimated,” and further examination of the damage could bring the total high enough to trigger federal aid.   Travis County Emergency Management…

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Police Monitor’s report suggests profiling, illegal searches

New data released last week by the Office of the Police Monitor show that, based on statistics, some Austin Police officers may be illegally profiling minorities and performing questionable searches of detained individuals.   Austin Police Monitor Margo Frasier also…

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Mark Richardson

City promises local funding for 115 homes destroyed by flooding

City officials are disputing charges made by an ad hoc relief group last week that funding may not be available to buy out 115 Onion Creek area homes damaged or destroyed in the Halloween floods.   However, both City of…

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Mark Richardson

City, county to expand home buyouts for flooded areas

The City of Austin and Travis County are both preparing to expand their ongoing programs to buy and demolish the homes of residents who live in flood-prone areas. And with last week’s severe flooding in the Onion Creek 25-year flood…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Local leaders file disaster declarations in hope of federal assistance

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe, and Hays County Judge Bert Cobb have each filed local disaster declarations in the wake of massive flooding that struck Central Texas last week. The move could preface action by Texas…

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Jo Clifton

City, county pour staff and materials into helping flood victims

On Sunday morning, In Fact Daily Editor Jo Clifton accompanied Council Member Laura Morrison on a drive to the flood-damaged Onion Creek Neighborhood.    Residents of the hardest hit areas of this Southeast Austin neighborhood continue to sort ruined belongings…

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