In response to the recent flooding across the State of Texas, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, has been surveying the affected areas with local officials and arming his constituents with the necessary resources to stay safe and informed.
Last week, Rep. Ratcliffe spent time at the Lake Texoma Dam and Spillway with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander COL Pratt. He also visited parts of Bowie County that have been impacted by flooding with County Judge James Carlow.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals affected by the floods and storms, those who have lost loved ones, and those who have suffered extreme property damage. I am confident that even though times are tough, our communities will come together to help each other in this time of need. I have stayed in constant contact with local and county officials in the affected areas, Governor Abbott’s office, and the Army Corp of Engineers,” said Ratcliffe.
“Seven of the 18 counties I represent have been included on Governor Abbott’s most recent disaster declaration. They include Bowie, Red River, Grayson, Collin, Fannin, Cass and Lamar counties,” said Ratcliffe.
At this time, none of the seven counties has had federal funds requested on its behalf by the Governor, but this could change in the coming days and weeks as disaster assessments are updated. Ratcliffe has urged local officials and county judges in the impacted areas to continually update their Disaster Summary Outlines and send that information to the State Operations Center. They must also schedule a preliminary damage assessment.
Constituents should continue to exercise caution and remember that all disasters are local. For any immediate needs, local emergency contacts should be the first call. Rep. Ratcliffe has assembled a flood resources page with these numbers and urges constituents to utilize it: https://ratcliffe.house.gov/media-center/blog-posts/4th-district-texas-flood-resources