Jasper County issues disaster declaration after major flooding

Jasper County issues disaster declaration after major flooding
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Flooded roads, busted culverts, and inches upon inches of water.

Jasper County, like several in Deep East Texas, was hit hard by last week's storms.

"It was pretty tumultuous," said Jasper County Judge Mark Allen.

Jasper County is no stranger to flooding.

In 2015, they experienced months of rainfall that caused serious flooding. This past weather event was a little different however, because it was such a large amount of rainfall in a short amount of time.

 "On one of the state conference calls, some of the leaders up in Austin said that this event was unprecedented, and that we've never had a system like this affect Texas before," Allen said.

"We had 50 homes that experienced flood damage, as well as a lot of our infrastructure as far as roads and bridges," said Emergency Coordinator Bill Ted Smith.

Jasper County received 15 to 18 inches of rain.

Judge Mark Allen issued a disaster declaration during Monday's Commissioners Court.

"This allows us to complete our assessments of our roads, repair whatever we need to repair and be able to file whatever assistance with FEMA if it's available," Allen said. "It is also so we can just get back in the order of things."

Jasper County hopes this is the last rain they see for a while.

"I'm ready for some nice balmy sunny weather," Allen joked, "I'll take that."

The Disaster Declaration will run through May 14 and will be extended if needed.

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