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7/12/10

Recent Lubbock flood damage estimates in the millions

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The latest numbers are in on how much damage occurred in Lubbock County as a result of the July 3rd and 4th flooding.

Nearly $4.5 million is the preliminary total of damages throughout Lubbock County. More than 300 homes sustained flooding and the only business affected was the 82nd and Quaker Starbucks. The good news is help could be on its way.

Armando Coronado knows the roads in Southeast Lubbock, but since the flooding earlier this month, he has had to make some changes. "You can't get around these dirt roads; a lot of them are all washed out right now, so you just have the take the long way around."

Lubbock County is dealing with $1.6 million worth of damage to the county infrastructure and $2.8 million of agriculture loses. The county says it's still not nearly as bad as the September 2008 flooding. "We know in Lubbock County we had about $4 million worth of damage to our roads and infrastructure. This time it's about $1.6 million so we are guessing about half the amount of damage," says Clinton Thetford, Lubbock County Emergency Management Coordinator.

The only difference is the fact that this time around, Lubbock County could qualify for federal assistance. "This particular incident, because it is all associated with Hurricane Alex, we are in the same pool with the rest of the state and the folks on the coast and that's why we will probably be able to receive some FEMA assistance," says Thetford.

Thetford says usually FEMA will reimburse up to 75 percent. "FEMA will more than likely send in a damage assessment team that will have better numbers and be more able to figure out those estimates."

Bill McCay, Lubbock County Commissioner, says some of the county roads could take months to get back to normal. "Our roads are devastated from the flood on September 11, 2008 to this past winter and all the rain we've received this month some of these roads are completely gone and completely washed away," he said. Commissioner McCay says any money that the county receives from the federal government will go to reimburse the county.

As for Coronado, he says he will keep allowing some extra time to get around. "It's pretty nice out here, it's not bad, but when it rains, it's pretty scary."

If your home was damaged during the July 3rd and 4th flooding, you could qualify for FEMA assistance. If you live in the city, call 3-1-1 to make a report and if you are in Lubbock County, call 775-1600.

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