Trinity Co. officials extend disaster declaration

Trinity Co. officials extend disaster declaration
KTRE Staff
KTRE Staff
KTRE Staff
KTRE Staff

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The constant downpour that kept subdivisions of Trinity County underwater last year has slowed down, but the county's judge has extended the disaster declaration. County officials made the decision Monday in their commissioner's court meeting.

"It's been underwater for several weeks at a time," said Neal Smith, Commissioner of Precinct 3 in Trinity County.

Flooded roads was the view for residents in Peninsula Point and Sportsman Oaks subdivisions in Trinity County for months. The aftermath and damages of the river bottom remain.

"We've had a lot of water come down from Dallas and a lot off rain from this area," Smith said.

Water marks across the buildings give you an idea just how often the houses were under water the past year. Now, commissioners are doing what they can to help out.

"Now they want to reiterate that it's still under disaster," Smith said.

Though the streets are visible now, and no boats are necessary for travel, county officials agreed to work with residents to make some repairs.

"As that road washed out, some of the roads in their subdivision washed out, and there are holes and low spots," Smith said.

Commissioners will haul rocks down Doug Bell Road, but since the homes are on private property, the residents must complete the job.

"The people in the subdivision are going to use their labor and their tractor to put it in their subdivision," Smith said.

The commissioner was adamant about clearing the project with everyone in the courtroom.

Residents who weathered the storm will spread rock to improve the damages. It's work worth keeping their waterfront lifestyles.

"Most of the people that live out here love it. They would not change. You couldn't drag them out of here," Smith said.

The subdivision's residents even agreed to reimburse the county for the help that they will provide. Peninsula Point will make a donation to the county for hauling up to three loads of rock.

Copyright 2016 KTRE. All rights reserved.