After more than four inches of rain fell last Monday damaging county infrastructure, Rowan County Fiscal Court and Judge-Executive Harry Clark have officially declared a State of Emergency to help recoup repair costs.

“First, we need to thank God no one was seriously hurt or injured Monday afternoon,” Clark said. “We also need to thank all our first responders, our road department personnel, and anyone else who aided and/or assisted during the flash flood that occurred.”

Clark said flooding was surprisingly not widespread across the county.

“The city, Christy Creek, and Dry Creek were some of the hardest hit areas,” he said.

The judge verbally declared an emergency on Monday night to Frankfort officials and followed up on Wednesday with an official declaration.

“This step must be taken if any FEMA funding would be available. We are reasonably certain no funding will be available from FEMA and the ongoing cleanup and repair efforts will be a county funded cleanup.”

Clark said the events of Monday afternoon were short, but left behind chaos and damage to county road infrastructure.

County road department personnel worked a full schedule Monday prior to the flooding and then were called back to work to begin assessing damage and working to re-open damaged roads late into the night. These employees are currently working 10-hour shifts beginning Wednesday and will continue until all major repairs are complete.

Clark said damage assessments are estimated at $100,000 in damage to county road infrastructure.

County budget reserves for emergencies is $25,000.

“We are looking for an unbudgeted $85,000 in our 2019-2020 budget to make these repairs,” Clark said. “We will continue to work diligently to make the repairs necessary to reopen roads. What this means is, we all will need to remain patient a little longer for that pothole to be repaired as we continue to address these major road repairs.

“I ask each of you to keep the safety of our road department personnel in mind and take some extra time traveling through our construction zones.”

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Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.