Flooding in Idaho have prompted the governor to submit a request to declare federal disaster. This request will be the second he has made this year. The request is still under review by the Idaho Office of emergency Management and has yet to be approved.
The request includes the following counties: Washington, Twin Falls, Minidoka, Lincoln, Jerome, Jefferson, Gooding, Franklin, Elmore, Cassia, and Bingham. Scott Reese, the emergency management director, claims flood related issues have caused financial hardships exceeding $300,000. This would entitle them to funding, as it exceeds the threshold required to obtain funding, which is set at $164,641. The damage ranges from structural damage from flooding in buildings to damage from flooding in roadways.
The state was previously denied federal aid from FEMA after a winter storm that caused financial hardship. They plan to appeal the decision. The money would have been used to recover about 75 percent of their financial setbacks.
The funding was denied on the basis of the severity not being extensive enough to constitute federal funding. With over 30 Idaho counties being forced to declare a state of disaster thus far this year, they are confident that they are entitled to federal financial assistance. Water Removal Miami