Grayson County in a state of disaster

SHERMAN - After an extensive helicopter ride over Grayson County with assessors from the state of Texas, County Judge Drue Bynum said it was "beyond the county's ability to respond and recover" from the physical and financial damage from Monday morning's rains.

The judge made the declaration Monday evening, though much of the flood waters have receded in Grayson County. There are still 16 county roads that are closed because of flooding, and countless houses that are damaged.

Officials estimate between 300 and 400 people are evacuated from their homes. Many of those are Sherman residents who were in apartments that flooded, and residents of the Mission Oaks nursing home.

Bynum said getting those residents back to their homes is their main priority.

"You know if you get displaced, folks just want to go home and before we allow that, or give permission to do that, they need to get there, and when they do get there, the need to have something to go back to, " he said.

City of Sherman Mayor Bill Magers says the city is in the cleanup stages.

"We're trying to see where the damages are by working with the country and the state of emergency that's been declared, so we can get reimbursed," he said. "I don't want to talk about money at a time like this, but this is a big, expensive thing."

By declaring a state of disaster, the county is now eligible for money from the state of Texas.


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  • by Kelly Location: New Orleans on Jun 19, 2007 at 01:04 PM
    So sorry to see the flooding in Sherman. I lived there for a few months in 1995. Unbelievable! Hope your recovery process is swift and successful.
  • by anon Location: Sherman on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:00 AM
    Somebody should ask the Grayson County Court why nonemergency employees were expected to report for work; even with the roads flooded and emergency personel were having to rescue so many people. The non-emergency staff should not have been asked to drive to work under those conditions.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2007 at 10:38 AM
    Robbie, I hope that you can pick up the pieces and go on. I know that being a victim of this flood is devastating, but by the grace of God you will get through it. Be thankful that only things were lost and not your life. May God bless and comfort you.
  • by Norbert Location: Sherman on Jun 19, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    At least Drue Bynum stepped up to the plate and took action, which is more than can be said for some of our other hot-shot politicians. They're everywhere when good things are going on, or it's campaign season. Where are they now when we need them?
  • by robbie Location: howe on Jun 19, 2007 at 03:04 AM
    we were in our own trailer and was not able to get out because of the floods and the poilce ould not come out knowing that it floods in this area and we were strained they came after the fact the water had resided and the park managers tell us that it is the city that owns the creek in front of our home and they (city poilce tell us it is not their resposablity we are always getting thing damaged in our yards
  • by Stephanie Location: Sherman on Jun 18, 2007 at 11:00 PM
    Do you have any more pics of the flooding? I only saw several posted.
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