BONHAM — Federal, state and local officials gathered at Thursday’s Fannin County Commissioners Court special meeting to discuss damage the County sustained during the recent icy weather.

BONHAM — Federal, state and local officials gathered at Thursday’s Fannin County Commissioners Court special meeting to discuss damage the County sustained during the recent icy weather.


The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a preliminary damage assessment with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Texas Department of Emergency Management. Leaders from around Fannin County discussed the type of damage their respective areas sustained from the ice that blanketed the area in early December.


After the meeting, FEMA and TDEM representatives went with local leaders to observe the damage.


The leaders will assess whether the damages reach the county threshold of $118,000, said Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator Darrell Brewer. The amount of damages in the county will be added to the total amount of damages in the state, the threshold for which is $35 million. Should the state meet the threshold, state leaders will ask President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration. Such a declaration would give federal money to the state, which would be divided up among the counties and used for repairing damages.


It may take a few months for the whole process to be completed.


"This is one of those hurry up and wait type of situations," Brewer said.


The leaders will probably be able to determine whether the county meets the threshold by Friday afternoon, Brewer said.


One of the cities being evaluated is the city of Ladonia, whose main problems during the ice storm were trees with built-up ice, fallen limbs and brush, said Ladonia Mayor Jan Cooper. Fannin County Emergency Management helped cut limbs off trees and move brush into ditches. Now, however, the city needs help moving the brush from the ditches to be burned.


Cooper said she hopes Thursday’s meeting will raise awareness about the help Ladonia needs with the brush.