FEMA officials meet in Houston Co.

FEMA officials meet in Houston Co.

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Fallout from the record setting rain event in May continues for Houston County officials.

Those dealing with damage got a crash course in applying for federal funding Wednesday morning after the county was added to the federal "This is the seventh presidential declaration in Houston County," said Emergency Management Coordinator David Lamb. "There have been a few changes that are minor that don't present a problem."

The paperwork did seem confusing at times and plenty of questions were asked, but those in attendance were happy to get the help.

"It helps us shortcut any missteps we might take as we proceed with the program," said County Judge Erin Ford. "When we saw this could be getting bad, we started to create a paper trail to help out."

County officials have estimated nearly $10 million worth of damage, including everything from roads, culverts and power poles.

"It's been very beneficial because they outlined the template we need to fill out the forms to get government assistance, and that keeps our electric rates low for our members," said Houston County Electric Co-Op General Manager Kathi Calvert.

While the paperwork is just beginning, the work has already started with just a few spots remaining.

"We got some issues of varying degrees on just about all roads," said Commissioner Roger Dickey. "Some of them are minor and some are more severe. We got a couple of roads closed. We are waiting on some water to bleed down."

With a limited time to file for funding and complete the work officials were glad to get the process started. After meeting in Houston County, officials traveled to Polk County to do the same thing.

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