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Almost All Accounted For in Bastrop & Another Main Road Opened in Grimes Co.

The Grimes County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday afternoon FM 1774 is open from Plantersville to Magnolia. According to the Plantersville-Stockham Facebook page, Volunteer Fire Chief Stanley Legge says the Grimes County fire is 99 percent contained as of noon Monday. And tri-county authorities (Grimes, Waller, and Montgomery) are still looking for monkeys let loose in Waller County Saturday night after an officer received non-life threatening injuries from one of the animals. The moneys are believed to be approximately 18 inches tall and brown and black in color.

BASTROP, Texas (AP) _ Authorities say they have accounted for all but two of the residents affected by a massive Central Texas wildfire, and the number of homes destroyed is holding steady for now. Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering said Monday officials aren’t sure the two remaining people live in the area full-time and therefore aren’t concerned that they haven’t turned up. County Judge Ronnie McDonald said the number of destroyed homes remained at 1,554, and the fire was 60 percent contained. McDonald said there were more than 1,300 firefighters battling blazes that have destroyed more than 34,000 acres. Classes resumed Monday in the Bastrop school district about 25 miles east of Austin. The district website lists resources for wildfire victims including counseling, clothing, food and information on missing pets.

BASTROP, Texas (AP) _ It’s understandable if students going back to school in one Texas community are having a hard time paying attention in class. Wind-driven wildfires have destroyed more than 1,500 homes in the Bastrop area about 25 miles east of Austin. The fire is only 60 percent contained after more than a week, and many residents remain under an evacuation order. School buses stopped Monday at hotels and motels where some students and their families have been staying.  But school district spokesman Donald Williams says almost all the students showed up for the first day of classes. The district provided breakfast and lunch for all since many families don’t have access to kitchens to pack lunches or make meals.

    
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Posted by on Sep 12 2011. Filed under Featured Stories, News.


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