Due to the Oct. 6 flooding in Arab, the city council formally declared a state of emergency at its last meeting “to take further action in this emergency circumstance to address the damage and impact the flooding caused on the city.”

The action effectively waives procedures and formalities otherwise required by law, such as entering into contracts, the incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, utilization of volunteers, rental of equipment, the purchase of supplies and the appropriation of public funds.

The declaration also allows the mayor and department heads the emergency power to close any public buildings, roads and bridges affected by the flooding.

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