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Clark County commissioners to request flood relief funds

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 10/02/2012 5:39 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Victims of recent floods in Clark County might soon be getting a little help. Clark County Commissioners are asking Gov. Brian Sandoval to declare a state of disaster. Record rainfall led to flooding during two major storms in August and September. News 3’s Denise Rosch presents this report from the County Government Building.

The Clark County Commission on Tuesday discussed a resolution at its meeting to issue of declaration of emergency as a result of flood damage from storms that occurred in August and September.

The resolution states that storms on August 22 and Sept. 11 resulted in widespread flooding in several areas of Clark County, resulting in two lives lost and significant damage to both public and private property.

The resolution asks the Governor to proclaim a state of disaster in Clark County and assist the community in obtaining state and federal support to recover from the recent flooding. Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who represents neighborhoods in District E that suffered the most damage from September's storm, requested the resolution based on initial assessments of damage to residential, commercial and public facilities.

"Clark County has been actively working with the area cities and agencies to assess damage from both storms, and we believe we will meet state and federal financial thresholds for requesting assistance," Commissioner Giunchigliani said. "A declaration of emergency is a necessary step in the process of requesting assistance from the state and federal government to find out what programs our community might be eligible for in order to recoup at least some portion of our clean up and repair costs."

Most of the damage that occurred in August happened in area cities and is still being compiled. Damage estimates from the Sept. 11 storm also are still being tallied and will reflect damage primarily to public facilities, including several parks and trails in the unincorporated County.

The Building Department has conducted more than 140 inspections at 91 homes and businesses, including apartments, for structural damage since the September storm. Of those locations, 32 were determined to be in need of some degree of repair before they could be reoccupied.

The final assessment data will include some structural damage that occurred to commercial and residential property, but no cost estimates for damage that occurred to personal property such as furniture, cars and household contents like wet floors, carpet and drywall. That type of information would come from individual property owners and would be reported as claims to insurance company, if they have insurance.

"We are hopeful that our resolution will lay the groundwork to help make businesses and residential flood victims eligible for loans through the Small Business Administration," said Irene Navis of the Office of Emergency Management. "We also are coordinating with nonprofit groups in the community who have offered to provide assistance to flood victims."

Clark County's Department of Public Works continues to clean up public roads, flood channels and inlets that were damaged or covered with debris from the September storm. Tons of rock and debris have been removed from roadways with cleanup of most public streets expected to be complete in one to two weeks. Cleaning inlets and repairing damage to shoulders and roads will take longer. The recovery period for the entire community is likely to be months.

The following resources are available to help flood victims or provide general information about flooding:

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