President declares King County a disaster area for January storms
March 5, 2012
NEW — 3:40 p.m. March 5, 2012
Federal aid is available to Issaquah and other cities impacted during the January storms, because President Barack Obama declared King County a disaster area Monday.
The cost of storm response and cleanup reached $530,000 for city government. City officials said about $383,000 in costs related to the storms could be eligible for reimbursement through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Gov. Chris Gregoire asked Obama late last month to declare a federal disaster area in King County and 10 other Washington counties for damages and response costs from January storms.
Local governments could defray 75 percent of eligible disaster-related costs — such as debris removal — by using FEMA public assistance grants.
The disaster declaration covers area affected by a severe winter storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides from Jan. 14-23.
The federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and facilities repair or replacement. Funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.