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Idaho gets second Presidential Disaster Declaration

The declaration is for eight northern and north central Idaho counties, and will trigger the release of federal funds to help communities there recover from heavy flooding in March.

President Donald Trump has signed a second Presidential Disaster Declaration for Idaho Wednesday after a historic winter.

The declaration is for eight northern and north central Idaho counties, and will trigger the release of federal funds to help communities there recover from heavy flooding in March.

Federal funds will be used to repair the buildings damaged by the flooding. In Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone and Valley counties, the flooding damages exceed $9.6 million.

“I have been traveling around the state surveying flood-related damages since January, and I can tell you the worst is not over. As the record snow pack continues to melt, communities throughout Idaho will continue to face serious challenges,” Governor Otter said. “We are grateful that President Trump signed this second declaration so recovery on this flooding event can begin immediately.”

President Trump signed the first disaster declaration due to flooding and heavy winter storms on April 21 for 11 southern Idaho counties.

“Idahoans cannot let their guard down," said Brad Richy, deputy chief of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management. "The warmer temperatures that are forecast mean Idaho reservoirs will continue to fill. All that water has to go somewhere. And while officials are doing an outstanding job of gauging when and how much water to release, more water is coming.”



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