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FEMA, Cal EMA approve $52,864 for Imperial County agencies to aid in winter storm disaster recovery

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Release date: 
July 28, 2010
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Pasadena, CA. - Three Imperial County public agencies are being granted $52,864* in Public Assistance (PA) funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) for disaster recovery associated with the severe winter storms that swept the state in January and February.

The funds will reimburse the Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial County and Salton City Community Services District for costs associated with emergency response and debris removal connected with the storms.

PA funding is being made available to public agencies in Imperial County on a cost-sharing basis after the storms between January 17 and February 6 caused flooding, and debris and mud flows.

The PA reimbursements are intended to reduce the financial strain local agencies may be feeling when dealing with unexpected costs associated with the storms.

The Imperial Irrigation District will receive $29,950, Salton City Community Services District $21,404 and Imperial County $1,507. Each agency also is responsible for 6.25 percent of the total approved costs.

The $29,950 for the Imperial Irrigation District includes reimbursement for overtime, equipment and materials in response to calls to restore electrical power.

Imperial County is being reimbursed $1,507 for the cost of purchasing sand and renting pumps and hoses to protect property and restore access to homes in Winterhaven, Salton City, Niland and Imperial.

Salton City Community Services District is being reimbursed $6,786 for the costs of overtime and rental equipment associated with removing silt and debris from the southwest corner of the Thomas R Cannell Wastewater Treatment Plant and $14,618 to clear plugged manholes and sewer lines at the facility.

Imperial County was one of six counties included in President Obama's March 8 disaster declaration requested by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, making it eligible for the federal funding. The other counties included in the declaration are Calaveras, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Siskiyou.

The $52,864 represents 100 percent of the obligated funding by FEMA and Cal EMA  to reimburse eligible agencies in Imperial County for emergency services and debris removal.  Federal and state officials continue to review the eligibility of other projects designed to restore infrastructure to pre-disaster condition.


FEMA's total share of the funding is $42,291 while Cal EMA is providing $10,572.

Under the PA program, FEMA reimburses successful applicants for 75 percent of their eligible expenses. In California, Cal EMA pays 18.75 percent of the eligible costs incurred by city and county agencies and special districts, with local agencies picking up the remaining 6.25 percent. 

Imperial County Purchase of sand, sandbags, and pumps and hoses rental. $1,608  $1,206 $301 $100

Imperial Irrigation

Overtime, equipment and materials to restore electrical power. $31,946 $23,960 $5,990 $1,996

Salton City Community Services District

Overtime, rental equipment and material to clear plugged manholes and sewer lines at the wastewater treatment plant. $15,593 $11,695 $2,923 $974

Salton City Community Services District

Overtime and rental equipment associated with removing silt and debris from the wastewater treatment plant. $7,239 $5,429 $1,357 $452
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