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The Sutton County Long Term Recovery Group was established to more effectively deal with the community's needs.

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Sonora residents organizing to rebuild after devastating flood

Yfat Yossifor, San Angelo Standard-Times Published 11:42 a.m. CT Oct. 19, 2018 | Updated 11:48 a.m. CT Oct. 19, 2018
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    SONORA — Weeks after a devastating flood swept through town, Sonora residents remain in need of resources to rebuild.

    Severe weather and flooding Sept. 21, 2018caused widespread and severe property damage. The tally sits at 15 businesses, 254 homes along with several roadways that sustained damage. The cost is $12 million — an estimate that includes infrastructure such as roads and businesses, but doesn’t include private homes.

    More: Initial costs from the Sonora flooding are in

    The flood was declared a disaster by the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, but didn't receive a federal disaster declaration. FEMA and other federal organizations are therefore not coming to aid the county, said Sutton County Judge Steve Smith.

    “Local folks are coming out and volunteering to clear out homes, send supplies and money,” he said.

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    Sonora residents sustained devastating damage to homes after the Sept. 21 flooding. Yfat Yossifor, San Angelo Standard-Times

    Various state agencies have evaluated the damage to infrastructure and are helping get funding necessary for the repairs, Smith said. USDA officials have also helped residents with applications for programs to assist older and low income families rebuild homes.

    Private organizations and charities such as Lions Club International have donated money and supplies. The San Angelo Area Foundation and the Sonora Ministerial Alliance are continuing to collect cash donations to distribute as grants for immediate needs. More information on how to donate can be found at www.saafound.org/sonora-flood-relief-fund.

    More: Sonora residents devastated by damage after flooding

    The Civic Center is no longer the drop off location for supplies. Donations have slowed because of lack of storage, Smith said. The owner of the former ALCO is allowing the county to use the building and now donations are rolling in again.

    Smith said just this week a large supply of mattresses came in along with other donations from area schools.

    The Sutton County Long Term Recovery Group was established to more effectively deal with the needs of the community. The group is separated into nine committees — each responsible for a different area of need such as finance, rebuilding and food security.

    “The committees will make sure we are tapping all resources to get as much help as we can get from businesses and charitable organizations,” Smith said.

    “A large part of our population was affected — about 28% — and in a small community that is devastating. There is not just one answer ­— each family has different circumstances and is dealing with different degrees of damage and needs.”

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