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LCRA Donates $5 Million to Bastrop Relief

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM CDT
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Charles Jones looks off into the distance as a wildfire moves closer to his home on County Road 1662 Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 near Linden, Texas. Firefighters gained ground Wednesday against one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history even as the state said the number of homes lost reached almost 800, and an elite search team set out to find any victims in the smoking ruins. (AP Photo/The Texarkana Gazette, Adam Sacasa)

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The Lower Colorado River Authority will donate $5 million to help with wildfire recovery in Central Texas.

The LCRA board of directors on Tuesday approved the grant for Bastrop County to help restore essential services and protect the environment.

Wildfires that began Labor Day weekend, about 30 miles east of Austin, destroyed nearly 1,600 homes and blackened thousands of acres.

The county must use the LCRA grant as matching funds for federal or state emergency relief programs.

Bastrop is one of 10 counties served by the authority and is home to LCRA power plants, parks and other facilities.

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