Declaration of Disaster issued for Wichita County

Declaration of Disaster issued for Wichita County

WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) -

UPDATE: The Wichita River in Wichita Falls continues to rise. As of 1:45 p.m. 12/28 the river level is 17.32 feet.

Original article: Following heavy rains and the threat of Flooding in Wichita County, the County Commissioners have issued a Declaration of Disaster.

The declaration was signed by Judge Woodrow Gossom at 11:05 a.m. Friday.

The disaster declaration says heavy rainfall has resulted in serious flooding, which has the potential to endanger lives and damage property on a large scale.

If the river does flood, the declaration allows the county to receive aid quicker from the State of Texas. It also allows the county to declare evacuations, if they are deemed necessary.

As of 11:50 a.m., the Wichita river was at 17.02 feet, one foot below the flood stage of 18 feet.

The US Geological Survey says the river is still expected to crest the afternoon before beginning to fall this evening.

We will continue to monitor the river levels throughout the day.

You can track the current river level at this site.

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