Hardin County Judge, Wayne McDaniel, passed a state of Natural Disaster on June 2nd, 2016, in regards to the unusual amount of flooding over the past week. The document read that, “Hardin County, Texas, was in imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from the severe weather conditions county wide created by torrential rainfalls, severe thunderstorms, high speed winds and flash flooding.” Cooks Lake Road was one of the locations hit the hardest with the rising waters.
When asked about the declaration, Judge McDaniel said, “By issuing the Declaration of Disaster on Friday, this paves the way for Hardin County residents who are effected by the floods that began on June 2nd to receive any individual assistance that may become available in the event that Hardin County is included in the State and Federal Disaster Declarations.”
On June 7th, commissioner’s court had a special, but brief, meeting about the State of Natural Disaster and the decision on whether or not to extend it. We were able to catch up with Emergency Management Coordinator, Theresa Wigley.
“We have to extend it within seven days for it to keep going. What that declaration does is let the state know we are still in a state of disaster,” said Wigley. “The reason I renewed it is because some of the roads are still flooded and we can’t get to them to see how much damage they have. Also, we can’t reach some of the homes to see how much water they have in them. It lets the state know that we are still under water and we are still taking in damage.”
Another reason for extending the State of Natural Disaster is to let the state know that the county still needs help in terms of construction and furthering the efforts to make the county safe if more strings of storms come along. “We’re going to need the help, we don’t know how much we will get if we qualify.”