State seeks money from federal agency

Jan 20 2012 - 11:30pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- The state is asking President Barack Obama to declare a presidential disaster for Utah as a result of the Dec. 1 windstorm and cleanup in Davis County.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency team recently completed a damage estimate in Davis County, Commissioner D. Lance Davenport of the Department of Public Safety said in a news release. FEMA identified about $4.1 million in damage to public infrastructure, including municipal power systems, roads and buildings, as well as costs related to debris removal and emergency protective measures.

To support the windstorm cleanup and to protect property and public safety, Gov. Gary Herbert activated resources from the Utah National Guard, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Department of Public Safety and Utah Division of Emergency Management in a weeklong effort. If the president declares a presidential disaster for Utah, FEMA would cover 75 percent of eligible disaster costs to help the cities recover.

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