Holmes County EOC updates commissioners on severe weather

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 02:09 PM.

BONIFAY — Wanda Stafford, Director of Holmes County Emergency Management visited the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners to give them an update on what the severe weather means for Holmes County during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

“The rain started Friday,” said Stafford. “We expect the river to crest at 17.01 feet on Thursday. All the residents are taking the necessary precautions but it’s nothing we’re not use to.”

Historically, Stafford said that they start experiencing flooding problems at 17.09 feet, like the area experienced in 2009; the worst being the flood in 1994 when the river crested at 23.85 feet.

“Our 10-day forecast doesn’t show any additional rains coming into the area to worry about additional swelling,” she said. “Schools start back tomorrow and we’re working on getting as many roads back open as possible.”

She said there had to be a declaration of a state of emergency so that the county could receive additional equipment, such as barricades and sandbags.

Though, for national aide there would have to be a certain amount of damage statewide. She said that on the county level they had enough in damages, however as a state they do not and the requirements is they meet it locally and statewide before those additional funds would be made available.

BOCC approved of the Consent Items, which includes the minutes for Special Session of Feb. 5, 2013, Regular Session of Feb. 12, 2013 and Special Session of Feb. 18, 2013; Limited Right of Entry Agreement; and World Spay Day Resolution.

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