County ratifies disaster declaration

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The Madison County Commissioners Court extended its disaster declaration for the county for 30 days at a special meeting on Thursday.

The declaration was made in light of more than 15 inches of rain received this month, which left numerous county roads and culverts damaged due to flooding.

County Judge C.E. McDaniel said he made the initial declaration on Oct. 16.

County records indicate that between Oct. 8 and 15, the western end of county near the Navasota River received 9.53 inches of rain; in the Midway area, 16.6 inches; in Normangee area, 9.37 inches; in the North Zulch area, 15 inches; and the area just south of Madisonville received 14.4 inches.

The resolution states that Madison County has suffered widespread or severe damage, injury and property loss resulting from the weather events that have occurred since Oct. 13.

Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Butts said last week, that every county road in precincts 1, 2 and 4 was affected at some time or another during those rains, either with water over the roads, culverts washed out, road materials washed away or potholes.

The state of disaster shall continue for 30 days from Oct. 23, the declaration states.

Madison County, along with 35 counties, were included in an Oct. 19 disaster declaration made by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who in a statement said the state “will continue deploying resources across all regions to make sure local officials have what they need to address these challenges as quickly as possible.”

In other business, the county:

•approved a bid for construction work on Raney Lane made by Larry Young Paving Inc., and an agreement with Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District for repaving the road. The project is a 60/40 split, and will cost the schools $48,373.90 and county $72,560.85. The funds will be taken out of the county contingency fund;

•approved a second County Extension Agent position for the Madison County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service;

•approved the selection of GrantWorks to apply and administer a grant for disaster recovery; and

•approved a purchase order of $1,930 to Centex Supply for culvert purchases.

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