Earlier this year, the Floyd County Fiscal Court debated the county’s financial situation for weeks, before finally approving a budget that held precious little room for unanticipated costs.
Everything would be fine, we were told, as long as the county didn’t face anything like a flood over the next year.
Well, it appears that gamble just might be about to come back to haunt us.
After weeks of heavy rains, Mother Nature saved its grand finale for this week, when torrential downpours swamped the region and sent already swollen creeks pouring over their banks.
Right now, the amount of damage is uncertain, but this latest storm just might turn out to be the perfect storm for crippling county government. We know that roads, culverts, banks and buildings all sustained damage, and the price tag is certain to be a hefty one.
Hopefully, there will be state and federal assistance available, but that assistance generally comes in the form of compensation for work already performed and can take months or years to collect.
With emergency repairs now likely competing for payment with essential services, the damage caused by this week’s flooding just might turnout to be only the tip of the iceberg.
— The Floyd County Times