Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell issued a disaster declaration Jan. 31 due to severe winter storm conditions, according to a press release.

The disaster declaration gives public officials the right to exercise all legal actions necessary to protect the health, safety and well-being of county residents, as announced in a 7:47 p.m. press release Jan. 31.

The Williamson County Emergency Management Plan's recovery and rehabilitation components are activated by this declaration.

“We have seen in the past how an ice storm can linger and cause disruption and damage to people’s lives, so we want to be sure that we have all the resources necessary to assist if needed,” Gravell said in the release.

Texans can report property damage caused by the storm to the Texas Division of Emergency Management.