Angelina Co. commissioners approve additional 30 days on disaster declaration

Angelina Co. commissioners approve additional 30 days on disaster declaration

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - At a special called meeting Tuesday morning, Angelina County's commissioners voted for a second 30-day extension on the county's disaster declaration in connection to extensive recent flooding.

Today's Angelina County Commissioner's court meeting discussion was just minutes long, as the vote to extend the declaration was unanimous.    

The first time Angelina County commissioners voted to extend the disaster declaration came during an emergency meeting that was held on June 2.

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

Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter said in a previous story that county officials are worried about water coming into the area from Dallas via the rivers.

"We still see ourselves threatened by possible harm to property and life," Suiter said today. 

"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.

"Our lakes are full, the rivers are still flowing high, we haven't been able to let a lot of the water out because of the high water down south of us," Suiter said. 

Out in precincts 3 and 4, roads like County Road 842 were left still impassable weeks after the downpours have died down. 

"It's not the norm, and that's what people need to understand. We don't have this much rain," said Suiter. "It hasn't been like this since 1953."

"There's assistance from the agriculture department to help with infrastructure," Suiter said in a previous East Texas News story. "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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