Nevada Approved for Federal Assistance following Sandoval’s February Request


Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
CARSON CITY, NV - March 28, 2017

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced that federal assistance will be made available to the State of Nevada in order to help state, tribal, and local public infrastructure recovery efforts in response to severe weather events from February 5 – February 22, 2017. The approval for public assistance and hazard mitigation support follows a formal request sent from Governor Sandoval to President Donald Trump and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Individual assistance for Washoe County and Elko County is still under review.

“Many of our neighbors, friends, and loved ones were directly affected by the severe weather events of this past winter. These funds will help our local governments rebuild so that our communities can be made whole, once again.” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I am grateful for the cooperation from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, FEMA, and the recognition of the urgency of the situation. We will continue to work with our federal partners as they evaluate individual assistance needs but the Nevadans who are still suffering will continue to remain a state resources priority,”

"This Presidential Major Disaster Declaration is the second of 2017, and signifies the beginning of an extraordinary year in our state," said Caleb Cage, Chief of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management. "It also signifies the continued commitment to preparedness, response, and recovery by local, state, tribal, and federal partners."


On March 9, 2017, Governor Sandoval sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Acting Regional Administrator Dr. Ahsha Tribble requesting a major disaster declaration for the State of Nevada as a result of February flooding in the counties of Washoe, Elko, Humboldt, Douglas, areas including the South Fork Band of Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, and Carson City. The Governor sent a letter requesting direct federal support, and federal assistance through the Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Program. In addition to this aid, the Governor issued a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) for Advanced Measures for the continued flooding in the Lemmon Valley area of Washoe County. Specifically, the state requested assistance from the ACE to provide “materials, personnel or both to create a 4-mile long barrier” surrounding the flood area to further mitigate the spread of floodwaters.


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