Clay County is declared disaster by David Lias The Clay County Commission approved a resolution Tuesday that defines the county as a disaster area because of this spring's heavy rainfall and flooding.
The resolution reads: "Whereas Clay County has experienced extensive water and flood damage as a result of frequent and heavy rains since April 1, 1999 and;
Whereas the Clay County Board of Commissioners is in agreement with the damage assessment prepared and reported to the State Emergency by the Clay County USDA Emergency Board on June 14, 1999. The report showing over 62,500 acres affected by excessive water out of 200,000 acres in Clay County and conditions have since worsened, and;
Whereas area fuel and seed suppliers have estimated the acres of ag land not in production due to the excessive rains to be 40 percent to 50 percent.
Now, therefore be it resolved that Clay County be declared a disaster area.