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FEMA teams touring Travis County flood damage

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Wednesday morning four FEMA teams started the process of surveying parks, roads and bridges across Travis County damaged by the Halloween floods.

The assessment is part of the process to determine the potential for public assistance which could help reimburse local agencies for repairs.

The teams canvassed different parks and road projects and even looked at a water treatment facility,

City and county damage is estimated at $107 million. In order to be eligible for assistance the state must prove $35 million worth of damage and Travis County must show $3.5 million.

Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe says he's eager to learn if the county will receive federal dollars.

"It's really too early to tell but I'm told by our people we have a 50/50 chance so we are hopeful," Biscoe said. With all of the paperwork it could be weeks or even months before officials know anything.

"It's really uncertain with the federal government they move at their own pace," Biscoe said.

Biscoe says any outside assistance would help. "Without federal assistance for public infrastructure it means we would have to spend more and if we spend more on infrastructure it means we have less for a buyout program," Biscoe said.

Currently the county has $4.3 million for a buyout program. So far, 58 people have expressed interest in a county buyout. Eight of those are business owners. The county will consider buying out businesses at its next meeting.

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