The City of Lavaca and the surrounding communities continue to deal with the aftermath of one of the greatest floods this area has ever seen. Mayor Hugh Hardgrave was well-pleased with the efforts of citizens and emergency responders throughout the disaster.
He issued the following statement on Wednesday, June 5.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed that we would see such flooding, and devastation in our part of the state, especially in our town of Lavaca. Historical river levels and excessive rainfall has led to road closures, property damage and economic losses for individuals and businesses.
I have been very impressed by the support and skill of our local emergency personnel and Sebastian County Emergency Management officials. Our very own Lavaca Police, Fire and Rescue Departments have gone above and beyond to keep our residents informed and safe in our current flooding situation in a very professional manner. I’ve always said: ‘training matters,’ and there is no doubt that their training has been put to the test and we are seeing the results of their dedication and professionalism. Our water department personnel and office staff have worked diligently to address issues as they arise to keep our city running as smoothly as possible considering the circumstances.
It has been a pleasure to witness our community come together and to help their neighbors. Residents of neighboring communities have shown up to help. Businesses have offered support. Simply put: people helping people in need.
I am proud to say that Lavaca is my home town. I know that we as a community will survive our current situation and be stronger together as we move forward.”
-Hugh Hardgrave, Lavaca Mayor