Cache County receives FEMA money for 2011 floods

There is no mention of snow in current northern Utah seven-day forecasts, a stark contrast to last winter’s record-breaking snow pack and heavy spring rains. Damage to public property and infrastructure in Cache County last year exceeded $1 million and County Emergency Manager Rick Williams said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) eventually determined several Utah jurisdictions, including Cache County, qualified for federal assistance. “We were pursuing receiving federal assistance back in the spring of 2011 when the flooding was underway,” said Williams. “We knew with the other 18 counties being flooded that there was a good chance that Utah would qualify for federal help.” He said to qualify for federal assistance a financial threshold must be met. “The threshold for Utah is about $2.75 million and with many counties affected by the flooding we met that threshold. With Cache County being one of those counties impacted we fell in line to receive some of that assistance.” Cache County plus Logan, Providence and Millville will receive a total of $781,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cover flood damage to county and city-owned properties and public infrastructure, roads and bridges. “That $781,000 to be shared by the county and those towns covers 75 percent of the actual costs that the county or those local jurisdictions incurred. Their budgets will have to cover the remainder.” For example, the $160,000 in FEMA funds will help reimburse the county for flood fighting efforts like repairing damage to bridges and road, the replacement of culverts and the building of dikes along the rivers. “We’re really grateful that we were able to receive that financial assistance,” said Williams, “and our heart goes out to those individuals that experienced flood damage. Unfortunately the federal program we’re talking about isn’t set up to deal with those problems.”

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