FEMA chips in for flood damage
October 28, 2011
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursed Summit County Courthouse $46,000 for expenses incurred during this year’s spring floods.
Summit County Public Works Director Kevin Callahan said the county spent approximately $150,000 from April through June for emergency response, sandbags and paying staff for overtime to aid the communities that were affected by the heavy snowmelt.
In 2010, Utah and Summit County applied to receive reimbursement for flood response, but neither qualified.
"This year, we managed to understand the FEMA program a little better and while we weren’t paid anything significant, it helps," Callahan said.
Callahan called the FEMA process ‘challenging’ but said the county now feels better prepared for emergency responses in the future.
County Manager Bob Jasper said the reimbursement was important because the money that was spent on flood response was not in the county’s budget.
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"In the middle of flooding, you have to do what you have to do. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t put the money aside for it," he said.
Some of the FEMA money will be spent repairing sections of the stream bank along Chalk Creek near Coalville that was washed out during the floods.