Disaster declaration follows Nicholas September 22, 2021 - 00:00 Posted in: Viewpoints Seventeen Southeast Texas counties have been declared disaster areas after Hurricane Nicholas came ashore, dumping more than a foot of rain and cutting off power to a half-million customers in Texas, according to poweroutage. us. That number had been reduced to about 4,200 as of Sunday. Counties included in Gov.PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!