Obama declares disaster in Utah wind storms, OKs aid

Feb 1 2012 - 5:23pm

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President Barack Obama holds up a proposed mortgage application form as he speaks at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Obama outlined a proposal he proposed in his State of the Union address to allow homeowners with privately held mortgages to take advantage of record low rates, for an annual savings of about $3,000 for the average borrower. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
President Barack Obama holds up a proposed mortgage application form as he speaks at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Obama outlined a proposal he proposed in his State of the Union address to allow homeowners with privately held mortgages to take advantage of record low rates, for an annual savings of about $3,000 for the average borrower. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

SALT LAKE CITY -- President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Utah following a Dec. 1 wind storm and is ordering federal aid to help recovery efforts.

Obama's announcement Wednesday means state and local governments and certain nonprofits can apply for money to repair and replace damaged facilities.

Federal funds are also available for hazard mitigation projects around Utah.

Winds as high as 102 mph ripped through Utah Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, toppling semi-trucks, blowing debris through neighborhoods, knocking out power lines, and forcing school and business closures. The storm caused millions of dollars in damages, mostly in Davis County.

FEMA chief W. Craig Fugate has named Gary R. Stanley to coordinate the federal recovery efforts in Utah.

 

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