Crawford County proclaimed disaster area By matthew clark

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Story last updated at 2:18 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2005

Crawford County proclaimed disaster area
Morris News Service

GIRARD -   A local disaster emergency has been proclaimed for Crawford County following a series of severe storms that ravaged through the area on Thursday night.

During the regular meeting of the Crawford County Commission on Friday, the commission signed a proclamation stating that the certain conditions have caused wide-spread, or severe damage in the county.

"Our co-ops will be able to get assistance from other utility co-ops with this resolution in place," Crawford County Emergency Management Director Eldon Bedene said.

By declaring a state of disaster, Bedene said that there will not be any state of federal funding unless the state deems it necessary.

"There will be no outside funding from the state or federal government unless the scope of damage gets bigger," Bedene said.

Storms caused damage across the southern portion of Crawford County and two people were injured and transported to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. after winds blew their house apart.

"I think this will protect us on the county level and also help out those co-ops that are trying to get power restored in the county," Bedene said. "We have trees and power lines down all over the county today and those crews are working very hard to get them back up, but they do need some help and this declaration will do that."

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