Latah, Clearwater, and Idaho Counties Among Those Covered by Federal Disaster Declaration
Mia Carlson

Latah, Clearwater, and Idaho Counties Among Those Covered by Federal Disaster Declaration

LEWISTON, ID - Eight northern and north-central Idaho counties received a Presidential Disaster Declaration today to help communities recover from flooding that occurred between March 6th through the 28th.  Thirty-one of the state's 44 counties now have a state or local disaster declaration.

This new declaration triggers the release of federal funds that will be used to repair or replace disaster-damaged public infrastructure and for mitigation efforts to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property.  Estimated total damages in Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, and Valley Counties exceed $9.6 million. 

“I have been traveling around the state surveying flood-related damages since January, and I can tell you the worst is not over. As the record snowpack continues to melt, communities throughout Idaho will continue to face serious challenges,” Otter says. “We are grateful that President Trump signed this second declaration so recovery on this flooding event can begin immediately.”

From Governor's Office:
On April 21, President Trump signed a disaster declaration for 11 southern Idaho counties – Bingham, Cassia, Elmore, Franklin, Gooding, Jefferson, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and Washington – which were hit hard by severe winter storms and related flooding from February 5 through March 3.
 
“We are fortunate that Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are already in place in Idaho, working on the state’s first Presidential Disaster Declaration, and can seamlessly begin work on this second declaration,” said Brad Richy, deputy chief of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM). “Idahoans cannot let their guard down. The warmer temperatures that are forecast mean Idaho reservoirs will continue to fill.  All that water has to go somewhere. And while officials are doing an outstanding job of gauging when and how much water to release, more water is coming.”

Idahoans are urged to heed warnings for flooded areas and be prepared for the worst. Information on signing up for alerts and warnings, along with flood watch information can be found at www.IOEM.Idaho.gov or at www.idwr.idaho.gov. The Idaho Emergency Operations Center (IDEOC) remains activated to Level 1 due to spring flooding statewide.  Thirty-one of Idaho’s 44 counties have state or local disaster declarations.

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