Biden issues disaster declaration for November storms

Jan 13, 2023, 8:36 AM | Updated: 8:38 am
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A driver drove past road closed signs on Southeast Seventh Place in Bellevue, Wash., near the Lake Hills Connector, which was covered with about four feet of water, and was able to swim to safety when the car stalled, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. A storm that has brought record rainfall to the Northwest has broken some records, prompted flood warnings, disrupted train traffic and caused some power outages. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP)
(Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP)

Areas of the state impacted by last November’s severe winter storm are now eligible to receive federal assistance.

President Joe Biden Thursday approved a federal disaster declaration, giving the state, eligible local communities, and tribes access to low-interest government loans to repair the damage.

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The winter storm between Nov. 3 and Nov. 8  brought high winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides to multiple counties, including Clallam, Island, Jefferson, Lewis, Okanogan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, and Wahkiakum.

A statement from The White House said, “Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee expressed his gratitude to President Biden for approving his request for federal assistance.

He wrote in a tweet, “I appreciate the quick approval from @POTUS and @WhiteHouse for our disaster declaration request. This declaration will provide additional resources to help communities damaged by major storms in November. Thank you.”

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Biden issues disaster declaration for November storms