Disaster plans running behind

Canyon Assistant City Manager Chris Sharp
Canyon Assistant City Manager Chris Sharp

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Canyon, Texas - Some area towns are having to put their emergency needs on hold, because of a delay in federal grant money. The City of Canyon is updating their hazard mitigation plans, but they must wait for federal approval on the projects. The plans make note of the possible problems the area could see like tornadoes and floods, and requests federal money to put preventative measures in place.

The plans must be approved by FEMA, but the process is a long one, which could prevent Canyon from implementing new projects until at least the end of the summer. Canyon Assistant City Manager Chris Sharp says, "If a tornado came and hit the city of Canyon, we don't believe that it's going to cause them not to come in and provide aid to us. It's basically the mitigation efforts that are needed. Funding probably wouldn't be available until that plan gets approved."

Sharp says this year's plans include many past items, like tornado shelters, sirens, and a code red system. However, there are some new needs on the list, like a project to prevent Palo Duro Creek from flooding.