June 2, 2010
The Honorable Rick Perry
Governor of Texas
c/o State Coordinator
Governor's Division of Emergency
P. O. Box 4087
Austin, Texas 78773-0001
Dear Governor Perry:
As a result of excessive rainfall, flooding, and wind damage that occurred on May 24, 2010, Mason County is currently facing tremendous physical and economic losses. Recorded rainfall in excess of 8 to 10 inches fell in a short time in the County and in the City of Mason. This rainfall and the accompanying high winds destroyed miles of county roads, washed fields and fences away, and flooded several homes. During the night, Mason County VFD, Sheriff's Department, and City of Mason utility crews along with volunteers performed several water rescues due to the high water and had to make repairs to utility lines and transformers that were damaged by the storm.
The public works and road situation in Mason County and the City of Mason has been affected to an extent that numerous homes have been isolated due to impassable roads and water crossing. The county Road and Bridge workforce is currently working to provide makeshift repairs so that Emergency Services can be provided to the affected areas. It is estimated that damages to county roads and bridges and the city streets and infrastructure will exceed $2,500,000.00.
It is my belief that the damage to homes, roads, and utility systems, due to the flooding, constitutes a public health and safety hazard. I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond Mason County's capability to recover without supplementary State and /or Federal assistance. Additionally, I certify that Mason County does not have local funding available to make the needed repairs and to provide these citizens with effective relief.
Your assistance in this emergency matter, as it affects the safety and health of our citizens would be appreciated.
Mason County Judge