President Trump declares major disaster in Nevada after winter storms and flooding

Flooding covers much of Lemmon Valley in Feb. 2017 (SBG)

President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in Nevada and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from Feb. 5 to Feb. 22.

Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in the counties of Douglas, Elko, Humboldt, Washoe and Carson City.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Rosalyn L. Cole as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto announced federal disaster relief funds for Nevada in response to the February storms in the following statement:

Following President Trump’s Major Disaster Declaration for Nevada, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it will provide federal funds to help Nevada communities recover from ongoing devastating flooding that resulted from severe winter storms that occurred in February of 2017. FEMA designated the following areas as eligible to receive assistance: counties of Douglas (including the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California within the State of Nevada), Elko (including the South Fork Band of Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone), Humboldt, and Washoe as well as the independent city of Carson City.
On March 9th, Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) urged President Trump and requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provide disaster assistance for the state of Nevada following devastating flooding.
“This past month, devastating storms rocked Northern Nevada and destroyed homes, property, and roads. Our state needs relief, and that’s why I have been working with the Administration, Nevada delegation, and Governor Sandoval to ensure that our state receives the resources it needs to rebuild,” said Heller. “I welcome the Administration’s announcement, and I will continue to monitor the ongoing flooding closely and collaborate with state, local, and federal officials to help Nevada communities recover.”
“Northern Nevadans whose homes and livelihood have been affected by severe flooding need our support so they can continue to rebuild,” said Cortez Masto. “Federal relief is essential and would aide ongoing recovery efforts already provided by our State and local governments, Nevada Tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Roads and bridges that were damaged by the floods would also benefit from federal funding, ensuring that they are repaired and restored for the safety of all Nevadans. I am pleased that the administration recognizes the need for Nevadans to receive federal assistant to recover from devastating floods, and hope that the they heed our request for Individual Assistance for Elko and Washoe counties.

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