County Commissioners request state of disaster declaration
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Clark County Commissioners will ask Governor Brian Sandoval to issue a state of disaster declaration after storms in August and September brought flood waters to the area.
The Commission voted unanimously to request the declaration that would pave the way for those whose property was damaged to garner state and federal assistance.
The resolution states that storms on August 22 and Sept. 11 resulted in widespread flooding in several areas of Clark County, resulting in two lives lost and significant damage to both public and private property.
Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who represents neighborhoods in District E that suffered the most damage from September's storm, requested the resolution based on initial assessments of damage to residential, commercial and public facilities.
"Clark County has been actively working with the area cities and agencies to assess damage from both storms, and we believe we will meet state and federal financial thresholds for requesting assistance," Giunchigliani said. "A declaration of emergency is a necessary step in the process of requesting assistance from the state and federal government to find out what programs our community might be eligible for in order to recoup at least some portion of our clean up and repair costs."
Officials say they have conducted 140 inspections at 91 homes and businesses, including apartments, for structural damage. Of those homes 32 were deemed to be in need of repair.