Welcome to the official website for Comanche County Government. Here you will find information on many programs and services, as well as subjects of interest to residents and visitors. We are here to offer assistance in making Comanche County a great place to live, work and play.
When flash flooding came through Comanche County in May, it affected many of our public streets. Roads closed, low water crossings filled, and debris began to pile. The county responded quickly to remove this debris, allowing people to travel safely and emergency vehicles to respond as needed. After clearing the debris, the county continued to make emergency and permanent repairs to roads and bridges.
While the county worked to repair public roads, private roads were also subject to washout and other damage. Unfortunately, sometimes it is hard for homeowners to tell whether a road is private or public. Even if a street is named, a county road must be accepted by the County and certified by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. This helps ensure that the road is built to county specifications. Don Hawthorne, District #3 Commissioner, suggests that before a buyer purchases a home or property they should determine if it is on a county or state road by contacting their commissioner.
Because a private road may not be built to county specifications, it makes it hard for the County to do work on them. For those living on a private road in need of repair, there are grants available through FEMA and low interest loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA). This way, residents can help pay a private contractor to do the repairs. For help in getting a grant or loan, visit the Disaster Recovery Center at Tomlinson Middle School, Monday-Saturday.
Both the Eastern and Western barns will be closed July 2-12 for their annual summer vacation. Having the whole barn take a break at one time is the most efficient way to handle vacations, Hawthorne explained. In case of emergency, call the Commissioner’s office at the Courthouse 580-355-5802.
Finals Weeks until DRC Shut Down
FEMA has officially announced that they are closing their Disaster Relief Center (DRC) on July 18th. For those still in the process of recovering, it is a valuable resource that will be gone. FEMA has received over 500 registrations in Comanche County for flood and other disaster related damages, but the number of people visiting the DRC is still low.
The DRC manager, Sandra Brown, believes that the biggest reason people aren’t coming in is because they received a denial letter from FEMA in the mail and think that’s the end of it. She urges that this letter is not the end, and the center can still help people get the help they need. A denial letter is often issued if a vital piece of documentation is missing, and the DRC can assist in identifying what you need to resubmit and get approved. Ms. Brown wrote that “you also have the right to appeal any decision made by FEMA and that could be as simple as getting estimates to show how much damage you actually had or something as simple as proving identity or ownership”. The biggest thing for Ms. Brown is, visit the DRC! They are there to help and do whatever they can for those in need.
The DRC is located at Tomlinson Middle School (702 NW Homestead Drive). They are open Monday – Saturday from 9am-7pm, and are closed Sunday’s. They will also be closed for 4th of July weekend (3rd, 4th and 5th).
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