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Agencies assessing Carbon County flood damage

First Published      Last Updated Aug 14 2014 10:37 pm

Federal, state and county agencies are working together this week to assess the damage from an Aug. 4 storm that caused flooding throughout Carbon County.

The goal of the assessment is to determine if the cost of any repairs to public or private property are eligible for reimbursement under FEMA's public assistance or individual assistance programs. The Utah Division of Emergency Management and Carbon County are joining with FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to do the review.

The schedule called for an assessment on Wednesday of damage to public infrastructure, such as bridges and road, and emergency work and debris removal costs.

On Thursday and Friday, the agencies plan to focus on private property — an estimated 70 to 100 homes suffered damage, according to the county. A representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration will join the team on Thursday and Friday to look at damage sustained by in-home businesses and businesses in general.

The county said assessments don't guarantee FEMA funding but do present a more accurate picture of damage and costs to help the state decide whether to request a disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.

The storm saturated hillsides in Carbon and Emery counties and water and mud poured into the basements of an estimated 100 homes in those communities. Price and Helper reported some of the worst damage, but the towns of Spring Glen, Carbonville and Westwood suffered from water and mud, too.

Carbon County Airport, north of Price, had .68 inches of rain Monday and Castledale recorded .84 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Carbon County residents are encouraged to report any flooding damage from the storm by calling the Carbon County Sheriff's Office at 435-636-3251 or at http://carbon.utah.gov. The information requested includes a description of damage and estimated cost of repairs.


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