County judge: State has 'moral obligation' to help Crosbyton aft

County judge: State has 'moral obligation' to help Crosbyton after hail storm

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The damage speaks for itself. The town of Crosbyton is working to recover after Tuesday night's severe hail storm. It took out several vehicles, roofs and windows.  

One building that got extensive damage is the nearly century-old Crosby County Courthouse. County Judge David Wigley said it was the worst damage the building has sustained. He said it is important crews repair these windows sooner than later. 

"We're busy a lot of days, but you don't have other places to go," Wigley said.

Right now, it is just covered by plastic. As Wigley waits on an insurance adjuster said he is also concerned for the rest of the town.

"We have a fairly large number of people of poverty living here," Wigley said. "Anywhere from working poor on down that need help." 

He said it is the state's moral obligation to step in. 

"Senator Cruz's office called me this morning, wanting to know what they could do to help," Wigley said.

Wigley is hopeful the state will declare it as a disaster county. Until then, residents are doing what they can to help out. This includes a group of seniors from Crosbyton High School. 

"These kids, you know, they just came outside and offered to help," Custodian Carey Calderon said. "I had two kids last night come out and help clean up the cafeteria. We lost all the south side windows on the cafeteria and I think we left here about 10 o clock last night." 

Calderon said she noticed the same reaction across town.

"This is just a bit of an example of what's happening right here right now in Crosbyton because last night there were people going around town stopping at other people's houses, asking if they needed help, helping board up cars and windows," Calderon said.

Third grade teacher Josie Williams is taking the negative experience and making it a positive learning experience for her students. 

"It's definitely something they can write about because they lived it, they experienced it," Williams "So then they connected it to the vocabulary that we learn every single day so we were talking about natural disaster, catastrophic, and all the damage and all the things like that happening so it was a great piece to put all together." 

USDA Rural Development will be at the city hall Tuesday offering applications for either $7,500 grants or $20,000 to anyone who qualifies. 
 

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