Clay County will no longer be in a local state of emergency effective Saturday at 10 AM, but that doesn’t mean the cleanup from last weekend’s storms, or the concern about more in the future, is over.
“We’re still vulnerable,” says Clay County Emergency Management Deputy Director John Ward.
Ward tells me they are in a good position at this point- most of the flood waters have receded and road repairs continue. But with some rain expected to move in to the area this weekend, he says the department is still closely watching the skies.
“Any type of heavy rainfall that comes through is going to impact our already flooded areas or already wet areas, so yes, we’re keeping a close eye on that,” he says.
“Although we’ve been dry for a few days, we’re still very saturated,” he says.
Just today a community group helped several disabled homeowners who were hit by recent flooding clean up their homes. Ward says the community at large is also working to get relief for homeowners through special “SBA loans”.
“That’s a huge possibility at this point, so we’re gunna go ahead and make sure we make that request to see what we can do,” he says.
The loans would be negotiated directly with homeowners needing to make repairs because of the flooding and storms. Ward says they’re working on the request now, but it could take several weeks to actually get a ruling from the state on whether the loans will be granted.
In the meantime, much of the assessment at the local level is done now and they are collecting all the data together before determining exactly how much damage there was.