Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a proclamation declaring Texas a disaster due to drought.
Perry renewed the disaster status on April 20, extending a similar proclamation from last July. The governor first declared the drought a disaster in December 2010, and a severe lack of rainfall still plagues much of the state.
The proclamation allows municipalities to apply for state assistance in dealing with the drought’s impacts.
Texas endured the worst-single year drought in its history through last summer. A relatively wet winter has been followed by little rainfall statewide in recent weeks. The drought helped fuel the costliest wildfire season in terms of property damage in state history last year.