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Nevada lawmakers accept $5.9M to help with flood recovery

Updated August 24, 2017 - 7:46 pm

CARSON CITY — State lawmakers on Thursday voted to accept $5.9 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage from this past winter’s major flooding.

Total costs for the January and February floods in northern Nevada are approaching $30 million. The federal government could ultimately pay for 75 percent of the costs.

The Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee approved the acceptance of the funds, giving the state the authority to bring in the federal money and pass it on to the local agencies that suffered damage.

The Jan. 5-14 flood event in northern Nevada cost an estimated $15 million to local government entities. A number of Nevada counties reported damage, as did tribal governments. Substantial sums were spent on preparation to handle the flooding, caused by unusually heavy rain and snowfall.

The Feb. 5-22 flood event caused an estimated $13.1 million in damage, primarily to roads and bridges.

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @seanw801 on Twitter.

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