Trump approves disaster funding for Box Elder, Cache flood recovery – Utah News

Trump approves disaster funding for Box Elder, Cache flood recovery – Utah News

February’s severe flooding in Box Elder and Cache counties was declared a “major disaster” by President Donald Trump Friday. 

Trump ordered federal assistance and funding to supplemental state, tribal and local recovery efforts following severe winter storms and flooding from Feb. 7-27, according to a press release from the White House

RELATED: Box Elder County seeks emergency declaration funds for roadway repairs

“Having these funds available will help our county have a stronger recovery following a natural disaster,” said Mark Millet, Box Elder County emergency manager, in a press release. 

On March 31, Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency in Box Elder and Cache counties after flooding caused millions of dollars in damage to public infrastructure. In his initial declaration, Herbert said flooding caused $6.7 million in damages, but the most recent estimate dropped that number to $5.98 million, according to the Utah Division of Emergency Management

Heavy snow, rain and snowmelt caused flooding in several communities and rural areas in both counties over the 20-day period, resulting in local emergencies declared county-wide in both areas.

Roads, bridges, homes, businesses and other structures were damaged by rising waters. 

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