Perry Declares Four North Texas Counties Disaster Areas

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GAINESVILLE, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday flew over parts of storm-damaged North Texas and called the flooding a "horrific event."

Perry earlier issued disaster declarations for Cooke, Grayson, Lampasas and Tarrant counties.

The governor then headed to Gainesville to inspect the weather-related destruction.

Five people died in Monday's flooding after rainstorms swamped parts of Sherman, Gainesville and Haltom City. Five others are still missing from the Gainesville flood.

Perry thanked representatives of agencies in Texas and Oklahoma for their quick response.

The governor also said, quote: "nature is very unforgiving in these situations."

Gainesville Mayor Glenn Loch says about 300 homes have an estimated $19 million worth of damage.

Loch says at least 75 businesses in downtown Gainesville suffered about $9 million in damage.