FEMA briefing set for Davis relief $$$

Feb 10 2012 - 12:10am

KAYSVILLE -- A federal briefing for Davis entities that experienced heavy property damage in the Dec. 1 windstorm will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kaysville City Hall, 23 E. Center St.

Federal Emergency Management Act team specialists will host the briefing, at which Davis County applicants will learn what level of federal assistance they will receive for the wind damage caused to their public properties, said John Ashton, FEMA spokesman.

Federal officials will work with local officials to determine how much each applicant is to receive, Ashton said.

Applicants are eligible to receive up to 75 percent of the total estimated cost of damage, with the entity contributing 25 percent participation, which could include a documented labor contribution.

A property damage assessment conducted by FEMA in January estimated the damage to public properties in the county at just more than $4.1 million.

About one-third of the losses were attributed to downed power lines and poles at the Kaysville and Bountiful city-owned power plants; another third was a result of the cost of debris removal; and the remaining third was to repair uninsured public property and infrastructure, Ashton said.

"I think we were into power (plant damages) about $1 million just to get the power back up," Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson said. "That is where we really got hit hard."

Bountiful had to bring in technicians from surrounding city power plants to restore its power, which at one point was out across the entire city, Johnson said.

"We had lines down in people's backyards," he said. "It was major. We lost our whole city."

Johnson said the city's power officials estimated they lost 90 power poles and thousands of feet of line in the windstorm.

"We'll probably get back (from FEMA) a good share of what it cost to get our power back up," he said. "It is not one of those things that you can delay."

Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt said that city's power plant had about $425,000 damage from the windstorm.

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