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.
Published at 9:02 AM CDT on Oct 12, 2011 | Updated at 11:37 AM CDT on Aug 15, 2012
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