Angelina Co. commissioners vote to extend disaster declaration

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County commissioners voted to extend the disaster declaration in an emergency meeting held Tuesday morning.

"We've had a lot of damage to our county roads and infrastructure," Emergency Management Coordinator Don Morris said. "We've had a lot of people flooded out in their homes."

County Judge Wes Suiter said the county has seen a record amount of rainfall and even though the forecast is favorable for the next week, he does not know what it will be like past that. He said he is also concerned about water coming from Dallas on the rivers.

"It's not just affecting us in Lufkin or Angelina County," Suiter said It's affecting the entire state, and all our neighbors to the north, south, east and west."

The vote extended the declaration by 30 days. Suiter said he is not sure how much money the county will get from the state, as it is on a first come, first serve basis.

"There's assistance from the agriculture department to help with infrastructure," Suiter said. "Again, it is going to be on a first come first serve basis on I guess the level of need. I hope we can even get some help from the federal government."

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