Media Release: State submits request to FEMA for major disaster declaration

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The State of Colorado submitted a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 8, 2015 for a major disaster declaration as a result of severe weather and flooding that occurred between April 16 and June 20, 2015. The State is requesting that 11 counties be included in the disaster declaration for Public Assistance based on the joint preliminary damage assessments conducted in Baca, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties.

The preliminary damage assessments show a combined total of nearly $20 million in damages across the 11 counties.

The Governor must request a major disaster declaration through the FEMA regional office after the preliminary damage assessments have been completed. The FEMA regional office then reviews the request and forwards it to the President.

The State of Colorado has requested that the FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program be awarded to the impacted jurisdictions. The Public Assistance Grant Program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and infrastructure.

Read the  State of Colorado’s Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration: Major Disaster or Emergency.