DECLARATION OF DISASTER
WHEREAS, the City of Newton, Newton County, Texas on the 25th day of August, 2020 is in imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, loss of life or property damage, resulting from countywide conditions created by Hurricanes Marco and Laura with torrential rainfall, severe thunderstorms and strong winds, affecting City of Newton, Newton County by causing flooding in populated areas as well as major infrastructure damage, preventing access to or the safe passage on many roadways and damaging homes and businesses. Such conditions have created a public safety hazard.
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Newton, Texas, has determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to protect life, as well as to protect or rehabilitate property, which are necessary and hereby ordered.
WHEREAS, this current State of Emergency and Declaration of Disaster shall run concurrently with any existing Declaration of Disaster for any previous incident, event or natural disaster that has occurred within the County of Newton and that still remains in effect at the time of this Declaration of Disaster and State of Emergency is ordered.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEWTON:
I. That a local state of disaster is hereby declared for City of Newton, Newton County, Texas, pursuant to Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code.
II. Pursuant to Section 418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code, the state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven days from the date of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the City Council of the City of Newton, Newton County, Texas.
III. Pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary.
IV. Pursuant to Section 418.108(d) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the county/city Emergency Management Plan.
ORDERED this 25th day of August,
Mark Bean , Mayor
City of Newton, Newton County Texas