Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown said many residents have been either disregarding road closing signs or moving them after passing.
"Be patient with us," Brown said. "This is a real serious situation. We're getting to these problems as soon as we can. When you disregard (the road closing signs), it's causing safety concerns for everybody."
Brown said he is aware that the closing of several county roads might be an inconvenience for residents, but they are there for a reason.
"It's for everybody's safety that these signs stay in place," Brown said. "We don't want anybody hurt. Just give us the opportunity. Work with us. We're working around the clock."
Meanwhile, Brown said the assessment of damage for Clay County could be completed soon and the county may be added to an approval of assistance programs that President George W. Bush recently acted on for the state.
"We're working on the assessment," Brown said. "It's not completed yet."
Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Bryan Husband said members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were scheduled to be in the area Thursday. Husband said they were in Owen County Wednesday and Monroe County Tuesday.
"They will start making site visits," Husband said.
On Wednesday, President Bush approved assistance programs for eight counties in the state that were ravaged by flooding or other severe weather during the past two weeks, according to a release by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
The programs will aid affected homeowners, renters and businesses in Bartholomew, Hancock, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Vermillion and Vigo counties, according to the release.
The state has already received approval for director federal assistance, which includes items such as food, water among other things in 29 counties, including Clay County.
But the approval of assistance programs for individual assistance would include possible grants up to $28,000 per household for rent, repairs, replacement of homes and personal goods.
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