FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Many areas throughout the Tennessee Valley continue to recover from the Christmas Day flooding, including DeKalb County. Officials are working to take the next steps to fix the damages as fast as possible.
Like other Northeast Alabama counties DeKalb County has several roads that are closed, needing heavy work.
Officials are planning and putting into action the steps they need to take to fix the issues across the county. Commissioners say fixing the roads and damages are a top priority. "The State EMA will be here tomorrow to begin their assessment," DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow says, "We've already done our assessment."
Harcrow says the county has met the threshold in damage costs required to potentially get aid, and more issues are reported each day. The State EMA's visit is the next step in that aid process.
If the county were to get aid, as it's not guaranteed, it would have to meet a required match. Harcrow says the county will be able to do that. "We are going to work just as quickly as we can to put all this back," Harcrow said.
The weather is uncertain at this time of year but county officials are focusing on the areas with critical damages. "We want to concentrate on those areas that are closed and put them back just as quickly as possible, or make them passable as quickly as possible," Harcrow explains.
Crews plan to then finish the fixes as the weather permits.
This whole process is familiar to the county, having dealt with damages and other issues from weather events in the past. Although this is not as severe as events prior to this one, it will still take time, and the county is working quickly move the process along.
County officials say they appreciate the public's patience as they work to return the county back to normal. They also say they could not have responded to the flooding and issues without all of the volunteer agencies in the county.