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WILLIAMSON COUNTY EXTENDS DISASTER DECLARATION

WilcoJune 2, 2015 (Williamson County, TX) – The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved extending the county disaster declaration. The declaration begins with the storm on May 8, 2015, that led to flooding in Coupland and extends into the future until the Commissioner Court lifts it.  No dollar estimate is available for damage to private property; however, the total estimated damage to public facilities including Road and Bridge, water controls such as dams, public utilities and recreation facilities, airports, etc. comes to $6,730,774 to date.

In the Memorial Day weekend storms, the county had one fatality, two persons with injuries, and one hospitalization. The storm on Saturday night, May 23, produced two F1 tornadoes that touched down causing damage in Liberty Hill and the Gabriels Overlook neighborhood on the west side of Georgetown according to the National Weather Service.

Throughout the county, there were 159 single family homes affected including three that are considered destroyed and 51 had major damage. There were 41 multi-family units affected, 35 destroyed and three with major damage. There were 14 businesses affected, three with major damage. Due to the low percentage of residences that were covered by insurance, many residents will need assistance for repairs and recovery. Ways to help flood victims can be found at www.wilco.org/oem or www.austintexas.gov/howtohelp

Currently, no homes are isolated due to flooding, although several county roads are still closed due to high water. Roads closures are listed at www.atxfloods.com and on the Williamson County Emergency Services Facebook page.

Water from storms on Memorial Day more than flooded roads, it washed them away! Williamson County Road and Bridge Division closed over 85 county roads due to high water.  When the water subsided, it was found that many of the roads had sustained structural damage.  The damage to seven of those roads was so severe that the road was considered impassable to traffic and closed until repairs could be made. Temporary repairs were made within 24 hours to almost all of the roads with only one county road, C.R. 384, remaining closed due to storm damage. The total estimate of storm damage for Road and Bridge comes to $1,872,590 to date.

Details of response to the weather on Memorial Day:

  • 40 requests for water rescues or evacuations
  • 4 shelters were opened:
  • Hutto Middle School, 1005 Exchange Blvd., Hutto
  • Clay Madsen Center, 1600 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock
  • Leander High School, 3301 S. Bagdad, Leander
  • Oasis Church, 1616 Granger Road, Taylor
  • The Regional Notification System was used to notify residents all along the Brushy Creek watershed east of FM 685 to evacuate due to rising water.
  • The Upper Brushy Creek WCID reports that the auxiliary spillways were engaged at Dam 17, 18, 19, and 21. This means the lake levels are being released through the auxiliary spillways causing additional flows to reach the creeks. In addition, it was discovered on May 29 that Dam 22 suffered damage which caused the earth on the downstream side to slough off or slide down. The Williamson County Road and Bridge Division assisted in constructing a berm on the downstream side to stabilize the dam from additional sliding. The BCWCID also pumped water from the lake in order to draw down the lake level.



  • City Council Meeting Set for January 8, 2014

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    You can see the agenda on the City’s website by clicking here.

    You can see the minutes from the November meeting by clicking here.

    Minutes from the December meeting will be posted on the City website after they are approved by the Aldermen in the January meeting.

    If you just can’t wait a month or more to find out what happens at the regular meeting this week, you can attend the meeting.




  • City Council Meeting Coverage

    towncrier1Regular readers of The Coupland Times have no doubt noticed that coverage of meetings of the Coupland City Council has diminished since the October meeting. This is the result of a change in policy. The Coupland Times will post stories only if something significant occurs. Most meetings are taken up with routine business and the minutes of the meetings are available on the City’s website, for those who want to keep up with developments.

    Of course, the minutes are not posted until they are approved at the following meeting so if you would rather not have to wait a month to find out what happened, you can always attend the meetings. They are usually last less than one hour. Regular meetings of the Coupland City Council are held at the Coupland Fire Station on the second Thursday of each month, beginning at 7 PM.

    The agendas for all meetings of the Coupland City Council will continue to be announced on this site as well as on the City’s website, usually 3 – 4 days prior to the meeting.

    If any Coupland citizen would like to attend the meetings and provide independent and objective coverage, contact me to make arrangements to become a reporter for The Coupland Times.




  • Alderwomen Caught Swearing in Public

    On November 13, Coupland Mayor Jack Piper officiated the swearing in to office of three people. Sarah Torluemke began her duties as a new Alderwoman, replacing Eldridge Tidwell, who chose not to run for a second term. Barbara Piper and Susan Schmidt were also sworn in for a second term. Additionally, during the meeting, Ms. Piper was elected by her fellow Alderwomen to serve as Mayor Pro tempore for another year.

    Barbara Piper

    Barbara Piper

    Susan Schmidt

    Susan Schmidt

    Sarah Torluemke

    Sarah Torluemke




  • Coupland City Council Regular Meeting Agenda for November 13, 2014

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    Click on the link below to see the agenda or to download a copy.

    http://www.cityofcouplandtx.us/regular-meeting-agenda-for-november-13-2014/




  • Lower Brushy Creek Water Control Improvement District Tax Proposal

    Lower Brush Creek WCID Presentation.001Click on the link below to download a PowerPoint presentation prepared by the Lower Brushy Creek WCID regarding their proposal for a 2% maintenance tax. It’s about 37 MB because one of the slides is a short video.

    Lower Brushy Creek Presentation

    Click here for a much smaller PDF copy without the embedded video. Slide 14 will be black.

    Here is a related story: A Case for Saying No