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Clark County approves flood emergency declaration

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Vehicles dredged through high water during weather events in August and September. (Christian Cazares/FOX5) Vehicles dredged through high water during weather events in August and September. (Christian Cazares/FOX5)

The Clark County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday asking Gov. Brian Sandoval 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.

The declaration awaits approval from Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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

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," said Giunchigliani. "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 is still being compiled. Damage estimates from the September 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 with 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 a few weeks.

Cleaning inlets and repairing damage to shoulders and roads will take longer, the county said. 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:

• SHARE, a local nonprofit affordable group, is coordinating a donation drive to assist flood victims with clean-up and repairs. The group is seeking donations of labor, supplies and money for its efforts. To make donations or seek assistance call: 702-624-5792.

• Clark County's Building Department (To report structural damage to property.), 702-455-1389.

• Clark County's Department of Public Works Maintenance Division (To report clean-up issues on County maintained roads), 702-455-7540.

• Nevada State Contractors Board Unlicensed Contractor Hotline at 702-486-1160 to report unlicensed contractors, or 702-486-1100 or to verify the licensing status of a contractor.

American Red Cross

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Southern Nevada Health District

Clark County Office of Emergency Management

National Flood Insurance Program

Nevada Division of Insurance (For flood insurance information, and to find out if insurance companies and agents are licensed to do business in Nevada).

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