Friday, January 30, 2009

Update on Damage Declarations

We learned this afternoon that individual homeowners and renters in Clark County, Washington who sustained damage in the winter storms and flooding in December and January are not eligible to receive federal disaster assistance.

Washington State has received a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance for the January Flooding and Landslides Incident (occurring January 6th and later). However, Clark County was not included in this declaration because we did not have enough uninsured private property loss to qualify for this assistance. Unfortunately, this means that homeowners, renters, and businesses in Clark County are not eligible for aid through federal disaster assistance programs.

There will be no request for Individual Assistance for Washington State for the December Snow event (December 11 - January 5) due to minimal amount of uninsured damage reported throughout the state.

The Economic Injury and Disaster Loan (EIDL) Assistance request for the December Snow Event was submitted to the Small Business Administration (SBA) yesterday. The State of Washington expects to hear the results of this request likely later than next week. The EIDL program would provide assistance to business owners who lost revenue because of the winter weather in December.

The Public Assistance Request (for impact on governmental entities) on both the January Storm and the December Snow event will be submitted to the Federal Government likely sometime next week by the State of Washington.

So, more information should be forthcoming from the Federal Government on both the EIDL and Public Assistance declarations.

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