Clark County announced on Wednesday that it received notification that flood damage from the storm on Sept. 11 does not meet federal criteria for a disaster declaration.
The Clark County Commission in October approved a resolution to ask the state to issue a declaration of emergency as part of the process of requesting federal assistance on behalf of the victims.
A state damage team determined the damage is not sufficient to qualify for federal assistance. Using FEMA assessment guidelines, businesses and residences were viewed and it was determined that nothing was destroyed by flooding.
Roughly 73 residential properties received minor damage; nine businesses sustained major damage
Damage to roads, parks, buildings and other public infrastructure was estimated at just under $1.4 million, well under the required $6.6 million needed to qualify for a federal declaration of disaster.
"This is disappointing news to the dozens of residents who suffered damage from these storms," said Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliana, whose district E covers some of the hardest hit neighborhoods and business complexes. "Many do not have flood insurance and there won't be any government programs to assist them as we had hoped."
Despite the difficult news, several businesses and homeowners who rent out their homes may qualify for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. This includes businesses located in The Promenade shopping center near UNLV and the management company of Desert Rose Golf Course.
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