Monroe County Officials Sign Disaster Emergency Declaration

Monroe County officials signed an emergency declaration last night in hope of receiving federal assistance to help pay for damages caused by recent flooding.

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The county is currently working on coming up with damage estimates.

With rain in the forecast for much of next week its not certain whether Monroe County has seen the worst of its floods. From April 19 to May 2 the county saw total rainfall in excess of 10 inches, causing Lake Monroe to reach a level of 557 feet. The resulting floods have led officials like Monroe County Emergency Management Director Jim Comerford to wonder, how will repairs to 22 different roads be paid for?

“The level that each county has for public assistance, dollars and cents wise, ours is a little over 400 thousand. If we were up to where we got damage that exceeds that then you’re eligible to file at some point. If the state declares a disaster and the federal government does you can get some reimbursement,” Comerford said.

He said up until May 2 the county had very little public property damage, but after an estimate was received regarding $600,000 in repairs to just one road, Comerford said he and the Monroe County Board of Commissioners knew it was time to declare an emergency.

“That’s the reason, as soon as we got that in Thursday evening we talked on Friday and put the paperwork together.”

Comerford said the county is working on coming up with damage estimates but with many roads still under water it would only be a rough guess. The last time Monroe County declared a disaster emergency was during the 2008 floods. The state accepted that declaration, allowing the county some federal reimbursement. Comerford said all that’s left to do is to wait for a decision.

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