Judge: Callahan County a 'disaster,' needs assistance after weather


CALLAHAN COUNTY, Texas - County Judge Roger Corn has declared Callahan County a "disaster" and is asking Gov. Greg Abbott for significant assistance.

In a letter to Abbott, Corn said heavy rain-producing thunderstorms that began Saturday and continued this week have resulted in "tremendous physical and economic losses."

Callahan County commissioners in precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4 have "sustained substantial loss of road material and damages at bridges, culverts and low-water crossings," Corn said.

Roads have been closed and "deemed impassable due to being washed out, along with some water rescues and home evacuations," according to Corn.

There has also been damage to homes, buildings, and fences that have been "torn down and washed away throughout the county," the county judge said.

Corn said the damage to the county infrastructure has constituted a "public health and safety hazard."

"I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond Callahan County's capability to recover without supplementary state and/or federal assistance," Corn said in the letter to Abbott.