Flood damage estimates double in Lubbock & Lubbock County - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/14/10

Flood damage estimates double in Lubbock & Lubbock County

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The latest damage estimates from the July 4th weekend floods are in and the revised preliminary estimate has doubled from the last number released.

Emergency Management leaders met Wednesday and added all the damage reports they have collected so far, which is now over $8.6 million. City leaders estimate that it will cost $1.6 million to repair the damage to parks across the county.

There are 19 counties in Texas declared disaster areas from Hurricane Alex, including Lubbock and five others on the South Plains. The $8 million figure includes damage to public infrastructure, non-profit organizations, response efforts and agricultural losses.

There are still roads that have not been assessed because there is still standing water.

Estimated costs to repair roads both paved and unpaved exceed $3.2 million. Overtime for fire, EMS and police officers costs $83,345. Non-profit organizations including the Children's Advocacy Center, South Plains Food Bank, Texas Tech University, Lubbock ISD, and Buffalo Springs Volunteer Fire Department report a total of $237,000 worth of damage. Agricultural damages are estimated near $2.8 million.

The latest number does not include damage to homes and businesses. "Once we get that figure we expect the number to be $10 million once we add homes and businesses in," says Lubbock County Emergency Management Coordinator, Clinton Thetford.

So far, 190 homes and 8 businesses have reported damage, but leaders believe there are others who have not called to report flood damage.

It is not too late to report any damage. If you live in the City of Lubbock, call 3-1-1. If you live in Lubbock County, call 775-1600. You may qualify for federal assistance through FEMA. Low interest loans and grants, depending on your economic status, are available.

Officials really want to hear from you if you have damage, you could qualify for federal assistance. FEMA Damage Assessment Teams will be in Lubbock sometime early next week.

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