September 12, 2011
On Sunday, KVUE.com reported without explanation that residents of Bastrop, Texas, must register with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office before they will be allowed to re-enter their homes.
Bastrop residents don’t need the cops to protect their property.
“Before Bastrop residents can re-enter, they must register and receive credentials to authorize their entrance to the residential area,” the ABC affiliate reported today. Residents “will need a photo ID to verify residency.”
The article does not report what will happen to residents who do not produce ID or who enter the area without gaining permission from the state.
The wildfires that raced through Texas destroyed 1,554 homes, officials said Sunday. The figure is expected to increase.
On Saturday, residents confronted authorities after they were not allowed to re-enter their homes to assess damage and claim belongings.
Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald told the media officials are trying to get residents back into their homes as soon as possible, but he didn’t know how long that would take. The registration program was announced late Sunday.
On Friday, Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Texas.
“Federal assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured or underinsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” YNN in Austin reported on Saturday.
Residents were asked to register last week so authorities could estimate a “headcount.” Now they must register to return to their private property.
On Tuesday, September 6, Infowars.com reported that federal officials arrived at the scene in Bastrop and Smithville and assumed command of the operation.
Alex Jones was contacted on by firefighters who confirmed that FEMA blocked volunteer assistance and frustrated local attempts through the U.S. Forest Service and its maze of bureaucratic red tape. The firefighters and other volunteers report that the Forest Service did not respond to their efforts to clear federal hurdles put in the way of a response to the worst fire in Texas history.