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Comanche Co. and FEMA Assess Storm Damage

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COMANCHE CO., Okla_ While the cleanup has just begun from all the ice we got over the weekend, Comanche County commissioners are trying to get help for damaged caused by the winter storm that hit the first week in December. 

Monday, they approved an emergency disaster proclamation to help repair roads in the county that were damaged by the storm. That damage has just recently been noticed; roads are cracked and splitting open, and as drivers continue driving the same paths, conditions will worsen.

This was the same winter storm that Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties. FEMA came to Comanche County last Thursday but was only able to assess the road conditions in District One. Now, the county is doing some assessing of its own.

"We don't have a dollar figure on what we think it is right now," Comanche County Commissioner Gail Turner said. "Some areas have a lot of damage, some don't. We've got some newer roads that have some damage, but I don't think we'll be able to see as much damage today as we will a couple weeks form now."

The first step for Comanche County to get money from FEMA is for the state of Oklahoma to meet the threshold for the damage in the state.

"If the state gets qualified for the FEMA disaster, the state and FEMA will come down from the national, and they will do an evaluation of the county," Turner said. "Then, we will start negotiating with them for the damage."

Commissioner Don Hawthorne said in District Three, they've identified parts of 22 miles of road that have been damaged. A stretch on Crater Creek Road has seen some of the worst damage.

"We put out 500 tons of sand and put in overtime," Hawthorne said. "Use of equipment, fuel and those types of things will also be figured in to the cost of the storm."

Hawthorne said if the roads don't get fixed soon, they will continue to deteriorate as more and more people drive on them.

"This particular road here we just resurfaced just two years ago," Hawthorne said. "So, they should last 10-15 years. This one obviously will have to be replaced soon."

Turner said this storm damage isn't as bad as the damage from the 2010 winter storm.

"In fact, we're still finishing up some of the work we did back there when the damage was done," Turner said. "That's the reason we were able to do so much and chip in the last two summers."

FEMA will be coming back to Comanche County soon to estimate how much damage was done on the roads in the rest of county. The commissioners warn everyone to pay extra caution when driving on the damaged roads until they are fixed.



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