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State Gives Nearly $10 Million To Bastrop Recovery

Updated: Monday, September 16 2013, 06:29 AM CDT
This morning, a new chapter in recovery efforts in Bastrop County as nearly $10 million in state money heads in thanks to the efforts of Texas lawmakers in the last session. Over the weekend, the town got its first glimpse of how those dollars will be spent going forward.

The money is roughly split down the middle: the county says they'll use their $4.4 million to rebuild roads, bridges, remove hazardous materials, and work on preventing fires. The remaining $4.9 million will go to Bastrop State Park. Going forward, park officials say they want to plant 2 million trees over five years and replace critical equipment lost in the fire, along with trails and fences.

Some residents in the county expressed concerns over the recovery effort.

"What is really frightening to a lot of us, especially those of us living out in rural areas is all these trees that are burned, said Joe Pullen, a volunteer firefighter who lives outside Smithville, during a town hall meeting on Saturday. They're falling down, and it's more fuel on the ground, and the way it is, we can't get our emergency firefighting equipment in to protect the people."

Resident Sandy Hemphill said she wants to see more help for the people who lost homes in the fires.

Many people have gotten no help whatsoever, said Hemphill. Many people have had to leave the county to find a roof over their heads, to get their kids in school, to do whatever it takes to rebuild their lives.

On September 3, the eve of the two-year anniversary of the fires, the Red Cross announced a $1.5 million donation to recovery efforts. Officials said that money should be enough to rebuild 36 homes by May 2014.
State Gives Nearly $10 Million To Bastrop Recovery


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