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FEMA flood disaster assistance extended with funding for restoring infrastructure and public facilities

Damage visible on Goshen Road after flooding (November 16, 2021). Photo: Whatcom County Public Works
Damage visible on Goshen Road during flooding (November 16, 2021). Photo: Whatcom County Public Works

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance declaration previously approved by US President Joe Biden on January 5th to help recover from the historic mid-November floods in 2021, was been amended yesterday, January 28th to provide Public Assistance grants to Whatcom County public agencies as well.

The Public Assistance program provides reimbursement to local, tribal and state government agencies and certain nonprofit organizations for the costs of emergency response, debris removal and restoration of disaster damaged public facilities and infrastructure.

This is another step in our recovery from the devastating November floods which resulted in Whatcom County sustaining substantial damage to our public infrastructure all across the County and in every jurisdiction.

Our combined preliminary damage assessment totals as verified by the joint State and Federal assessment teams was $30,400,000 which was nearly two thirds of the total for the entire State.

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Whatcom County Deputy Director John Gargett (January 27, 2022)

Eligible Public Assistance projects are classified into the following categories.

Emergency Work

  • Debris removal
  • Emergency protective measures

Permanent Work

  • Roads and bridges
  • Water control facilities
  • Public buildings and contents
  • Public utilities
  • Parks, recreational, and other facilities

Federal funding guidelines for each of these categories are listed in the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide, which is located online on the FEMA website.

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