Federal Damage Assessments Underway in Carbon County

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Carbon County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

An Aug. 4 storm, which caused flooding throughout Carbon County, prompted the county and the Utah Division of Emergency Management to request a damage assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The assessment is happening Aug. 13-15 throughout the county. The damage assessment’s goal is to find out if any damage to public or private property is eligible for reimbursement under FEMA’s Public Assistance or Individual Assistance programs.

Assessments are performed jointly by FEMA, Utah DEM and Carbon County. Wednesday’s assessment will focus on damage to public infrastructure, such as culverts, bridges and roads, as well as emergency work and debris removal costs.

Thursday’s assessment will focus on damage to private property. Between 70 and 100 homes in the county suffered various degrees of flood damage during and after the storm.

A representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration will join the team on Thursday and Friday to assess damages sustained to in-home businesses or businesses in general.

Assessments don’t guarantee FEMA funding, but they present a more accurate picture of damage estimates and costs to help the state of Utah decide whether to request a disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.

Carbon County residents are still encouraged to report any flooding damage from the Aug. 4 storm by calling the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office at (435) 636-3251 or on the web at https://carbon.utah.gov. Be prepared to provide your name, contact information, description of damage and estimated cost of repairs.

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