JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Jasper County took in a lot of flooding after Hurricane Harvey. However, the county has seen plenty more disasters. It has been named in five presidential disaster declarations.
On Thursday, the county said they have now teamed up with others in the region to prevent future events while focusing on efforts to better move forward.
"Our commissioners in each individual precinct they are assessing the infrastructure damage to roads, bridges, their drainage networks seeing what needs to be done and worked on," said Mark Allen, Jasper County Judge.
In the meantime, several evacuees are still in neighboring county shelters, Allen said they are moving from search and rescue operations, over into recovery efforts.
"At this point we're still looking at debris and household items and that will be something we'll be taking on in the next few weeks, too," Allen said.
Simultaneously, to move forward, the county is teaming up with its neighbors in Newton, Hardin, Jefferson, and others in improving its drainage network.
"We need to start focusing on what we can do to provide a proper defense against future flooding events," Allen said. "Part of that is drainage and to be able to safely move that water from our counties to the north, down and through the counties in the south, so that our people won't be flooded but also so that we won't create a bigger burden on them there."
In parallel, improvements in evacuation routes require repairs and upgrade in infrastructure to handle future disaster events will be needed
"We'll be glad whenever we are done. We do hope that we go another 10, 20, 30 years without a storm like that but reality is, you and I could be talking in 6 months about another flood," Allen said.
The county aims to prevent future flooding. Plans range in completion between 15 to 20 years.
As of right now, disaster recovery centers are set up to allow citizens from Jasper County and surrounding areas to register for assistance.