JacksonCounty is home to over 800 miles of dirt roads. Right now every mile is suffering from too much rain and as more water hits the ground, damages are rising. In JacksonCounty alone, preliminary damage assessments for FEMA assistance are totaling over 14 million dollars. The county has been under a Local State of Emergency or for nearly two weeks and officials aren't letting it expire. A Local State of Emergency lasts a full week and the current declaration expires Thursday, but already the county is issuing another.
Road and bridge crews are working overtime to repair as many roads as possible but major issues are not able to be fixed until water recedes. Between Tuesday night's rainfall and Wednesdays expected amounts, the county will receive more water than it has places to go. In the last week and a half Jackson County Road and Bridge has put over $700,000 into road repairs. Tuesday and Wednesday, those efforts are literally being washed away.
With expected storms Jackson County Director Emergency Management Operations, Rodney Andreasen, says it's important to be extra cautious with a fully saturated ground, "My biggest fear in any storm especially when we've had all this rain is it looseness all the roots on these trees, especially these manufactured homes, or trailer and mobile homes. If you have large trees next to them those trees can fall on a trailer and people can be killed."