SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert is requesting a presidential disaster declaration to qualify the state for millions of dollars in federal assistance. Herbert says the federal money is needed to help local governments struggling to pay for disaster recovery efforts after spring floods. Estimates show flooding caused more than $12 million in damage statewide. Utah could qualify for as much as $9.5 million in federal assistance. Although the flooding was not as widespread as state emergency managers feared, officials say there was still considerable damage done to agricultural lands throughout Utah. In April, FEMA awarded nearly $11 million in assistance to southern Utah counties and cities damaged during flooding last December.
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