County Judge signs Disaster Declaration

County Judge signs Disaster Declaration
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POSTED: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 9:28am

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 7:54am

EP Co: Combined damage estimate for infrastructure $4.0m

UPDATE 6:19 PM

County residents who were affected during the past storms will receive some help. El Paso county commissioners today approved to assist families by providing emergency assistance to include but not limited to rental, utility and rapid re housing services for up to one month.

The affected families would have to be relocated to the city of El Paso.

County Judge Veronica Escobar also signed a declaration of disaster and emergency in the county and requested Governor Rick Perry for state financial assistance.

"The county will pick up where the shelters leave off, so for the next phase of their need we are going to step in and assist them."

According to county officials the assistance will kick off in a couple of days, the estimated damages on public infrastructure are nearly 4 million dollars.
 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Chris Babcock

El Paso County Judge Verónica Escobar signed an emergency declaration of disaster for the county during a Monday afternoon news conference.

The move from the county comes after the flooding rains and runnoff from storms two weeks ago, struck several communities in across the Borderland, causing wide-spread damage for both the public and private sectors.

According to the county the combined, estimated damage from the storm tops $4 million. The number only includes public infrastructure from El Paso County, the Ysleta Pueblo, the City of Socorro and the Village of Vinton.

The estimate does not include private property loss.

In order to receive assistance from the state, thresholds had to be met for both public infrastructure and personal loss. While the loss threshold for public infrastructure was set at $2.5million, the personal property loss had to exceed $30million.

El Paso, Horizon City, Clint and Anthony also had damage from the storms, but chose not to report the loss to the county.

With the disaster delcaration signed, it will now be sent to the State Operations Center and then on to the Governor's office.

Commissioners also agreed to provide assistance for Socorro families hit by the flooding.  The assistance includes helping the victims relocate, pay for deposit and first month rent.

Look for more from Benjamin Zamora here online, via twitter and a full report during our newscasts at 5,6, 630 & 10.

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