ALTON -- Storms that rolled through the county in early May did not cause much actual structural damage but did leave much debris due to the large fallen trees and limbs across the county.
The Oregon County Commission met in its office with State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) official Ken Bessemer May 6 where Bessemer presented a packet and details relating to disaster relief information.
Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren said his office would ask for assistance relating to the courthouse roof and the county radio tower that was damaged in a recent storm. Warren said disaster assistance would be asked for the Thayer Special Road District. He said Northern District Commissioner Buddy Wright and Southern District Commissioner John Wrenfrow both would check with their road operators to see if enough damage occurred in their respective road districts to ask for assistance.
The courthouse roof was not seriously damaged during the storm. "We will not be asking for a new roof on the courthouse, just for repairs of the damage caused by the storm," Warren said.
The radio tower located on P Highway about one mile out of Alton was struck by lightning during the storm, which burned up a portion of the tower. Warren said the tower is needed by the commissioners as a way of communication between them and their employees, especially those working with equipment on county roads.
Any disaster funds given to the county will be done so with federal authorization, although the money will probably be disbursed on the state level by SEMA.
He said the federal government would pick up 75 percent of the tab, the state 10 percent and the county 15 percent.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is also expected to pay a visit to the county and explain more disaster information.