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Douglas, Washoe Tribe to receive disaster assistance for February floods

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Debris piles up against the bridge on HIghway 88 south of Minden in February after a state of emergency was declared for Douglas after another bout of heavy rain and flooding.
Brad Coman | Record-Courier

Douglas County and the Washoe Tribe will receive federal disaster assistance to help recovery efforts from the Feb. 5-22 winter storms, according to an announcement issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump approved the major disaster declaration for Nevada.

“This past month, devastating storms rocked Northern Nevada and destroyed homes, property, and roads. Our state needs relief, and that’s why I have been working with the Administration, Nevada delegation, and Gov. Sandoval to ensure that our state receives the resources it needs to rebuild,” said Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. “I welcome the Administration’s announcement, and I will continue to monitor the ongoing flooding closely and collaborate with state, local, and federal officials to help Nevada communities recover.”

Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in Elko (including the South Fork Band of Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone), Humboldt, and Washoe counties and the independent city of Carson City.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Rosalyn L. Cole has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Cole said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Disaster assistance was approved in February for the flooding that occurred Jan. 5-14.

The January floods did an estimated $386,216 in damage to public property in Douglas County, according to the county.

Included in that amount is $187,591 in road damage, $60,000 to clear debris and $138,625 in emergency protective measures.

The county did not report damage to any public buildings, utilities or parks.