Flooded Residents to Receive No Federal Help

LAS VEGAS -- Residents whose homes were damaged in flooding caused by heavy rainfall in September will not be receiving federal assistance, Clark County announced Wednesday.

Federal officials notified the county that the Sept. 11 flooding did not meet the criteria for a disaster declaration. The Clark County Commission had requested federal assistance in October.

State assessors determined that the flood only damaged, but did not destroy, any homes or businesses. Seventy-three houses and nine businesses near the Desert Rose Golf Course and University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus received minor damage.

Damage to public infrastructure – including roads, parks and buildings – is estimated at $1.4 million, far below the federal threshold of $6.6 million for a disaster declaration.

"This is disappointing news to the dozens of residents who suffered damage from these storms," said Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who represents the flood-damaged district.

She added that many residents did not have flood insurance and without federal assistance, their help will be limited to donations of money, labor and supplies.

Affected business owners, however, may be eligible for low-interest loans through the federal Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

Nonprofit organization SHARE is assisting the flood victims. To learn more about how you can help, call 702-624-5792. The non-profit also has a website with more information.


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