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Old May 16th, 2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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Are they still holding the event?

Salado is currently listed as in a "state of disaster".
They got torn up pretty badly by the storms we had hit centex last week. They're still trying to clear roads.

From the killeen herald:
Salado declared a disaster area Posted on: Friday, May 16, 2008, 6:03 AM

By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald


BELTON In the wake of extensive wind damage to trees and structures throughout Salado, the Bell County Commissioners Court declared the village a disaster area during an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon.

County Judge Jon Burrows said the declaration allows the county to offer aid to the local entity by giving contractors access to some of the county's resources normally prohibited by standards imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Commissioner Tim Brown said he toured the damaged areas on the east side of Bell County, which extend from Salado past Little River-Academy. Brown said the damage poses a safety risk with the blockage of roadways, and it's time for the county to step in to provide aid.

"Everybody's pretty aware we've got serious damage all through the Salado area, an extraordinary number of trees down," Brown said. "From Salado, eastward, it's that same kind of destruction. The cost of cleanup related to the trees is going to be extraordinary. The process of sawing material up and hauling it out has just begun."

Brown and fellow Commissioner John Fisher voiced support for allowing contractors working with Salado and the county to use the county landfill as a temporary location so that the workers have a place to move the debris, at least temporarily.

The commissioners emphasized that only trees and organic debris will be accepted, and can only be deposited by an authorized contractor. Brown said that this is not normally allowed, but the circumstances of a public health threat warrant such an action.

"We can't allow private citizens to show up and give the landfill free rein," Brown said. "Normally we wouldn't do this, but because of the extreme nature of this event and the amount of material that's out there, I think we can (at this time)."

Assistant County Engineer Tom Berrier said 29 confirmed Bell County roads, identified by county work crews, have been blocked by trees or other debris as a result of the weather, but the actual number is likely much higher.

"There's probably 40-plus roads that have trees and debris," Berrier said. "On some of the roads, (workers) are just now clearing the power lines out of the way. All crews have been working on clearing off today. The worst ones are the ones we're working on first."

No members of the court would speculate on the amount of financial resources the county will put toward the cleanup effort, as the crews are still assessing the damage.

No matter what the cost to the county, the commissioners are confident they are prepared to handle the burdens of this new crisis.

"This is one of the reasons we keep (additional funds on hand as part of the financial planning process), to handle emergencies like this," Burrows said. "If we can find some money for reimbursement later on, we will pursue it."

And unlike last year, when floodwaters caused extensive damage to city and county roads, the principal wind damage lies in the loss of area trees and vegetation.

"There will be little effect on the county infrastructure," Burrows said. "Once the cleanup is done, we'll get beyond this."



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