Friday, June 21, 2024

County issues new disaster declaration for flood recovery

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The Coryell County Commissioners Court issued a Declaration of Local Disaster to assist in recovery efforts following a historic flood event that took place on May 4 and May 5.

The declaration comes after the first declaration County Judge Roger Miller issued on May 5 during the height of the floods.

“It’s a standalone order. It identifies the previous order in there, but we’re more in the recovery phase of things rather than the actual event itself,” Miller said.

The declaration went into effect on May 11 and will continue for 30 days. It encourages citizens to report business and personal damages and losses to the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) website at https://damage.tdem.texas.gov/ and to select “Spring Severe Weather and Flooding Event.”

The declaration states that the flooding and high waters have caused extreme damage to the county’s roadways and infrastructure, as well as the homes, properties, businesses, and agriculture and ranching lands of its citizens.

It says that recovery operations are ongoing to repair county roads and other damaged infrastructure.

“This order covers the gap time from the previous order that I issued to allow us to collect the data for the efforts that the county government has submitted in there, and it extends from here to 30 days,” Miller said.