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Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-1734)

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Incident period: December 01, 2007 to December 17, 2007
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 08, 2007


March 26, 2008 - News Release

Lacey, Wash. -- "I didn't think I could get flood insurance" is an all-too-familiar statement to Calvin Camp of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). I have heard uninsured disaster victims say the same thing on literally every flood I have ever worked," said Camp, an expert on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). "Sadly those people have almost always been misinformed."

March 18, 2008 - News Release

Lacey, Wash. -- More than $72.5 million in disaster assistance has now been approved to help Washingtonians recover from the December 2007 storms, according to officials with Washington Emergency Management Division (WA-EMD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). "Our goal is to help Washington families and communities recover as quickly as possible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Willie Nunn.

March 10, 2008 - News Release

Lacey, Wash. -- Mitigation work in the Centralia area after the 1996 floods saved a estimated $1.9? million in residential home damage in the December 2007 floods, a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report concluded. The report, entitled "Evaluating Losses Avoided through Hazard Mitigation: City of Centralia, Washington," evaluated 35 structures that were elevated after the floods of 1996 and 1997 at an average cost of $29,069 per structure, for a total cost of $1 million.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 4,020 $21,160,441.15 $17,930,951.94 $3,229,489.21
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 02:16 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $60,611,589.71 $14,821,582.77 $43,449,510.49
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 07:45 (Updated daily)

Related Links

Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Washington, FEMA-1734-DR (PDF 50KB)