Jackson County officials made a declaration of emergency following recent storms, seeking financial assistance from the State of Oklahoma.
At Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting, District 2 Commissioner Kirk Butler deemed a local emergency for the severe flooding and 11.5 inches of rain that fell April 17 and severely affected the entire eastern side of the county,
Communities of Headrick, Humphreys and Hess were the hardest hit, causing severe road damage, tin horns being washed out and damage to some bridges. The gravel replaced from the May 2015 storm was hit for the second time and washed away.
“The estimated damage is somewhere around $200,000 to $250,000 to repair roads back to their original condition,” said Jackson County Safety Director and Emergency Manager Wayne Cain. “Although damage was not extensive enough to declare a federal disaster, our county could qualify for a State of Oklahoma disaster.”
According to Cain, the most a county can receive from a state disaster is $100,000 and, if approved, such funding could be used for gravel replacement for county roads.
Other agenda items approved by the board were:
* Crawford Roofing to repair the courthouse roof in the amount of $14,300 as a result of the flood damage April 17.
* Madison Clinton to serve as board member on the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department for the term ending April 9, 2021.
* Transfer $137,000 to pay for leased equipment in District 2.
* To sell a 2013 John Deere 672 motor grader for $151,925.85 to the Greer County board of commissioners.
Commissioner’s adjourned the meeting with no claims and no new business.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077.