Gov. Butch Otter requested two more Major Presidential Disaster Declarations, bringing the count up to another seven Idaho counties seeking relief after devastating spring flooding, while there’s 19 counties that have already been granted relief.
Ada, Blaine, Canyon, Camas, Custer, Elmore and Gooding counties are on the list seeking financial support to repair damaged infrastructure.
One request for federal assistance is for flooding along the Big Wood and Little Wood rivers through the Wood River Valley. Blaine, Camas, Elmore and Gooding counties experienced weeks of flooding there as mountain snowmelt inundated local rivers and streams.
A separate request is for prolonged flooding along the Boise River in Ada and Canyon counties.
“Idaho already has been granted two Major Presidential Disaster Declarations covering 19 Idaho counties,” said Brad Richy, of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management. “The seven counties covered under the two latest requests sustained millions of dollars in damage. The federal funds would enable the counties to offset the cost of repairing critical public infrastructure.”
Federal Public Assistance grants could help cover costs for removing disaster-related debris, emergency measures taken to protect lives and property during the flooding, and for the repair and rebuilding of roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and equipment, utilities, and parks and recreational facilities.