Hunt County Commissioners voted unanimously to declare a state of disaster for the county.

The move allows county officials to seek federal disaster funds.

“Hopefully this will be the first step for me in seeking relief for (the county’s) infrastructure,” Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Hill said following Monday’s vote.

As of today, Hill estimates flooding has caused between $800,000 and $1 million in total damage to Hunt County’s roads, bridges and culverts.

Precinct 3 appears to have been hit hardest by the storms.

Pct. 3 Commissioner Phillip Martin said he is still figuring out the exact amount of damage in the precinct but so far he has found bridges, culverts and roads that have been washed out since the storms. Trees have also fallen across the roads.

“We’ve got water flowing over roads that we never had before. It’s unbelievable. We had a bunch of trees on many different roads. There was extensive damage that is all there is to it,” he said. “If we get some money on this that would be great because we really do need it.”

Pct. 4 Commissioner Jim Latham estimates that the storms did between $150,000 and $200,000 worth of damage in his precinct, but he is still finding more damage as he drives around including downed trees.

“We’ve had quite a bit of (rock) wash off the roads,” he said.

He also said one bridge washed out and two more collapsed because there was no support around them. He also had one road completely wash away and another one of the better roads in his precinct collapsed.

“It was extraordinarily damaged,” he said. “The surface just came apart.”

Pct. 1 Commissioner Kenneth Thornton said water flowed over approximately 100 different locations in his precinct.

“We’ve had a pretty good bit of damage,” he said. “The roads will have to be repaired.”

He said there are also two culverts were damaged, though both are still open to the public.

“We’re monitoring (one of them) real close to see what we can do to prevent closing that road,” he said.

Thornton said he hopes to get federal funding to lighten the tax payer’s repair bills.

Pct. 2 Commissioner Ralph Green said his precinct workers were still picking up road barricades Monday afternoon.

He said he has had aggregate was off the road that needs to be replaced.

“That and just a deterioration of the hard surfaces because of the rain,” he said.

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