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Disaster Declaration issued for Taylor & Jones County

Aerial photo of Lake Abilene Spillway on Oct. 18 (Courtesy: Kevin Palivec)

Judge Downing Bolls has issued a Disaster Declaration for Abilene and Taylor County due to the heavy rain this month.

Judge Dale Spurgin issued a Disaster Declaration for Jones County as well.

As of 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Abilene had received 9.35-inches of rain, making it the fourth wettest October in Abilene.

By issuing a Disaster Declaration, Taylor County and the City of Abilene will be eligible for funding from the state and federal government to recoup costs associated with flooding. Those costs include things like overtime for first responders, roadway clearing and repairs.

Lake Abilene is 3.4 feet over flood stage as of 1 p.m. But it was barely trickling over the spillway Friday morning.

Elm Creek has not seen any flooding.

Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Bryan said the water flowing from Lake Abilene into Elm Creek generally takes between 12 to 18 hours to reach the City of Abilene.

According to Global Samaritan Resources Executive Director Michael Bob Starr, 740 sandbags had been distributed as of Friday morning.

Five-thousand were made available Thursday.

The remaining sandbags are available until 6:30 p.m. Friday at Global Samaritan Resources located at 2074 North 1st Street.

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