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State requests FEMA assessment after storms

Staff Reports

The Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Division on Emergency Management has formally requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency conduct a damage assessment in Douglas County, as well as Carson City, Pyramid Lake Band of Paiute Tribe’s Reservation and Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties.

The state’s preliminary damage assessment team spent time in the field with county officials and tribal nations affected by the recent winter storms to determine the amount of damage to public infrastructure and private property.

Once the preliminary assessments are complete, Gov. Brian Sandoval will determine whether a major disaster declaration request should be made.

If granted, the federal major disaster declaration would provide assistance to public entities like cities, counties, schools and certain private nonprofit organizations for uninsured and eligible storm-related damage to public infrastructure.

FEMA would reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs and the state, tribal nations or municipalities (or certain nonprofits) are responsible for 25 percent.

The joint federal-state preliminary damage assessment team began work this week.

Douglas County residents may report flood related damage, dial 783-6404 or 782-9099.