DENVER, CO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized payments of more than $1 million in aid so far for damage caused by the September 11 Santa Clara flood.
These payments are for emergency protective measures and debris clearance as well as for repairs to damaged roads and water/irrigation facilities. This aid represents the 75 percent cost share paid by FEMA of the total of $1.46 million in emergency work and damages to public facilities caused by the September failure of the Laub Retention Dam. It covers 30 projects identified by Washington County, the Tuacahn Art Center, and the cities of Ivins, LaVerkin, Santa Clara, St. George and Washington. This number does not include the repairs to the dam itself which will also be reimbursed by FEMA.
FEMA’s total aid is expected to more than double after the dam repairs are completed. The cost to reconstruct the dam is expected to be finalized in the spring.
“The Santa Clara flood shows that flooding can happen anywhere,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Gary Stanley. “It’s a reminder to all of us to be aware of what emergencies and disasters are possible and to be prepared for them, even when their likelihood seems remote. So whether it is having a family emergency kit and plan, buying flood insurance or developing a local all-hazards plan, it is always better to be over-prepared.”
A team of officials from the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management and FEMA have been working out of the Santa Clara Town Hall on Santa Clara Drive. That office is scheduled to close Friday, December 21, and work on the disaster recovery will continue out of the state’s Salt Lake City office and FEMA’s Denver office.
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