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Biden issues disaster declaration for November storms

Jan 13, 2023, 8:36 AM | Updated: 8:38 am

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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