Erath County commissioners aren’t waiting on federal aid dollars to fix county roads damaged during the recent major floods.

County road hands have been working constantly to get the roads in working order.

“They’ve been working feverishly to get things passable again,” County Judge Tab Thompson said. “All of the road hands are doing a marvelous job of getting everything passable.”

Preliminary estimates are that $2 million to $3 million worth of damage was done to county roads during record-setting June flooding.

County commissioners have been documenting damage areas in their precincts that were hardest hit — and the ones that should qualify for “some type of federal assistance,” Thompson said.

The county will submit the information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and wait for FEMA to reimburse, Thompson said.

“We’re just on hold,” Thompson said, referring to receiving assistance from FEMA. “This is a slow go from here on out. They’re going to move at their own pace. We have complied with all their requirements. We have been recognized as a county that’s eligible to receive their assistance.”

Because the county passed a resolution declaring an emergency, it will be allowed to dip into its “reserves” in the interim and then be reimbursed, Thompson said.

“We feel pretty good about it,” Thompson said, referring to being reimbursed.

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.