Houston County looking to extend disaster declaration

Houston County looking to extend disaster declaration

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - With more rain expected through the weekend, Houston County Judge Erin Ford has decided to possibly extend the current disaster declaration.

According to a public notice sent out to the media, Houston County commissioners will have a special called meeting on June 7 at 9 a.m.

"With all the rain and damage we had from last week's storm and what we are expecting to get today I think it would be good to consider extending the declaration," Ford said. "We were not on the governer;'s recent state-wide declaration. I hope this extension can get us on the state-wide declaration."

On May 31, citing infrastructure damage to county roads following last week's rain event, Houston County Judge Erin Ford has issued a disaster declaration.

The declaration is a formal request to the governor's office for assistance in repairing the damage.

The disaster declaration states that it was issued because the county is in "threat of damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from conditions created by torrential rainfall over an excessive period of time." It also states that the heavy rains affected Tyler County via flooding in populated areas and m"major infrastructure damage preventing access to or the safe passage on various roadways."

In the letter, Ford said the damage included washed-out areas on roads, damage to numerous culverts and possible bridge damaged. None of the damage is insured.

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