Polk County

Commissioners end disaster declaration

Polk County Commissioners met briefly in the Emergency Operations Center Monday.

Polk County Commissioners held an emergency session Monday and decided to let the disaster declaration issued by County Judge Sydney Murphy  expire. The declaration was issued as Hurricane Laura approached the Texas coastline last week which clears the way for emergency responders to  set rescue and recover measures in place.

Since the deadly storm took an eastward turn prior to making landfall, Polk County suffered minimal impact and commissioners deleted the agenda item that would have allowed them to extend the disaster declaration.  .

Some areas of Polk County lost electricity during and after the storm as high winds caused some line damage in Southeast Texas. Sam Houston Electric Co-Op crews quickly repaired the damaged lines. In some cases, SHECO customers had to wait for Entergy to re-energize distribution lines before their service was restored.

Entergy used rolling blackouts throughout its service area to lower power usage to a level its grid could deliver until repairs were completed Friday.

Commissioners decided to table a second item related to drought conditions until the next meeting.

Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock told the court the current drought index is 85, but there is a 40 percent chance of rain in the forecast for Monday afternoon and evening, with rain returning to the forecast Thursday and Friday.

Heat advisories are likely to continue through the week except during those projected rain events.

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