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Power Lines Down, Roads Closed and People Trapped in Jackson & Washington Counties

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Jackson and Washington Counties are home to more than 13 hundred miles of dirt roads and right most of those miles are under water or destroyed. Both counties have declared a Local State of Emergency and at this point roadways are far from the only concern. Now counties are working to get trees out of homes and off power lines. As of this Wednesday afternoon 800 residents in Washington County were without power and Jackson County Emergency Operations Director, Rodney Andreasen, three tornadoes ripped through their community. Amazingly no one was hurt in any of the touchdowns but damages are significant. Because the ground has taken in all the water it can hold, trees are more easily blown over, taking down with it power lines and blocking roads. Road Crews were out working at 4 O’clock this morning, responding to calls where people were trapped and in need of immediate assistance. Totals for this rain event are already over 14 million in Jackson County and in the last 24 hours that number is rising along with floods. By extending the Local State of Emergency, counties are accessible to additional materials, money and manpower. Jackson County has reached 14 million dollars in damages and that number is rising. The state must reach 26 million dollars in damages to qualify for federal aid.