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7/8/2007-Smith County

Smith County Declared Local Disaster Area

Sunday night Smith County officials declared the county a local disaster area and is asking both the state and federal government for financial support.  County Judge Joel Baker says the disaster declaration is going straight to the governor's desk.

On Friday and again Sunday, Smith County Commissioners toured the damage suffered by this weekend's flooding.  Commissioners say so far the county has suffered about $200,000 worth of damage, but that number is expected to go up when the water recedes.  Many homes have been flooded and roads have been torn apart.  Commissioner's say the declaration is both a safety and financial issue.

"It's for those reasons we need to seek as much assistance from the various state and federal agencies to help individually," said Smith County Judge Joel Baker.  "Families who have suffered losses and also to help the county recover from the flooding loss to the infrastructure and the county."

"We still have areas that are dangerous," said Precinct 2 Smith County Commissioner Bill McGinnis.  "We have barricaded those off. We beg people not to go around those barricades because it is just so extremely dangerous to do that."

Smith County Commissioner's ask if you know of a problem on a county road to call, so they can get crews out as quickly as possible.  Commissioner's also say they hope to know in the next couple days whether the Governor will grant the State of Emergency. 

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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