WICHITA FALLS-TX (KAUZ)- Texas Governor Greg Abbott has added Wichita County to a state Emergency Disaster Proclamation following the winter storms that hit North Texas just after Christmas. It's been about a week and a half since Electra lost power for nearly four days.
Although the lights are back on at restaurants, small businesses and city offices, work inside some establishments is still piling up as recovery continues.
“I talked to several of the businesses around town,” said Steve Bowlin, Electra City Administrator. “It’s a pretty large economical impact; the businesses right now are having a hard time anyway.”
At this point, city officials do not yet know how much the power outage cost them. However, because the emergency disaster response was so successful, Bowlin said the city would only need reimbursement for worked overtime, fuel, and some meals they fed to area residents.
“I really feel confident that there’s a significant amount of damage, dollar wise, which we should qualify for,” said Bowlin.
That's why he hopes the state declaration goes one step further.
“Well I hope that since the state has declared an emergency, a disaster, I hope that now the federal government will go ahead and do the same that way we'll be eligible for some FEMA funds,” said Bowlin.
While that potential aid is still moving through the process Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom said officials from the state, county and city will meet next month to discuss their options moving forward.
“To see what can be done to provide alternative power routing,” said Gossom.
Gossom said the goal is to keep residents from being in the dark, should something else happen.