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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — As rain and flooding continue to impact the Amarillo area, local leaders are expected to host special meetings on Thursday, determining whether or not disaster declarations will be extended at the county and city levels.
The Potter County Commissioners’ Court, as well as the city of Amarillo’s City Council and the Randall County Commissioners Court, are expected to host special meetings surrounding their respective disaster declarations on Thursday.
According to the Potter County Special Commissioners’ Court meeting agenda, the court is expected to “consider and act upon whether to continue and modify the geographical area covered if necessary, the Declaration of Local State of Disaster based on flooding issued by the County Judge on May 31, 2023.” The meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at 500 S. Fillmore in downtown Amarillo.
Late last month, Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner issued a disaster declaration for portions of the county that recently experienced flooding. Tanner also issued an evacuation order for people who reside in the Canadian River Basin located in the county that is being impacted by flooding.
According to previous reports by MyHighPlains.com, the declaration, and the order, were in relation to flooding that has occurred in the Valle De Oro area of the county, as well as areas of the Canadian River basin located in Potter County.
“I know there are people out there who believe they have the survival skills to be out there in the middle of a significant flood,” Potter County Attorney Scott Brumley said on May 31, when the declaration was issued. “This is probably the most significant flooding we’ve had at least in 30 years out there. So this order says, it doesn’t matter what you think of your own abilities, you are not allowed to be out there. The risk to property, and more importantly the lives, is too great.”
The Randall County Commissioners’ Court will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday for an emergency meeting at the Commissioners’ Courtroom, located in suite 305 at 501 16th Street in Canyon.
According to the agenda, officials said that flooding in Randall Coutny has “caused an emergency or matter of urgent public necessity that requires the Commissioners’ Court to deliberate and possibly take action in response.”
The first item that is expected to be discussed is the potential of extending the disaster declaration first implemented by the county on June 1. According to previous reports by MyHighPlains.com, Randall County Judge Christy Dyer ordered Lake Tanglewood, as well as Timbercreek Canyon, the Palisades and River Falls to be closed to the public for any kind of recreational activities in the order.
The court is also expected to discuss and potentially take action on measures “to protect the public from recent flooding,” including:
- Flooding and damage to roads and other infrastructure and necessary corrective action;
- Cooperation with the city of Amarillo to alleviate flooding on 77th Street.
City of Amarillo
The Amarillo City Council is expected to meet for a disaster declaration-related special meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Amarillo City Council chamber on the third floor of City Hall, located at 601 S. Buchanan.
According to the agenda, the council is expected to vote on a resolution “confirming and continuing the Mayor’s Declaration of Disaster.” According to previous reports by MyHighPlains.com, Amarillo Mayor Cole Stanley signed the declaration on Thursday surrounding the severe weather that created “widespread and severe property damage.”
In a draft of the resolution that accompanied the meeting’s agenda, the resolution states that the declaration would be continued for a period not to exceed 30 days from Thursday if it is approved.
“This renewal and continuation of the declaration of a local state of disaster continues the activation of the city emergency operations plan and that the furnishing of aid and assistance under the declaration is hereby authorized and that all appropriate preparedness and response aspects of the plan are continued,” the resolution draft reads, “and… That the use of all available resources of the City of Amarillo that are reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster are hereby authorized…”
The Amarillo City Council is also expected to vote on an award that would purchase a temporary pump used to remove water from the Greenways Lake, which city officials identified as Playa Lake Seven.
According to the transmittal memo that accompanied the agenda, the $98,965.58 award would be given to United Rentals for the temporary pump, if it is approved by the council. Officials said that the funds are available in the Playa Lake Maintenance portion of the budget.
“The water elevation of Playa Seven is currently above the 100-year floodplain elevation,” the transmittal memo read. “Removal of water from Playa Seven will provide capacity for future rain events and reduce the risk of flooding to adjacent property and Soncy Street… Residents in the vicinity of Playa Seven are being notified of the plan for temporary pumping as they contact the City for information regarding the status of the lake.”
This is a developing story. MyHighPlains.com will update this article as new information becomes available.
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