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El Paso County included in Colorado request for presidential disaster declaration

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com
July 9, 2015 Updated: July 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm
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The state of Colorado has submitted a list of flood damage assessments to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in the hopes of securing a presidential disaster declaration, and millions of dollars of recovery funding.

FEMA will review the assessments of damages for 11 counties, including El Paso County, which sustained an estimated $24 million in damage during record-breaking spring rains.

After FEMA's review, the package goes to the White House, which will decide on the declaration, said fEMA spokesman Jerry DeFelice.

El Paso County sustained the most damage of all 11 counties. The other counties are Baca, Elbert, Fremont, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma.

El Paso County had presidential disaster declarations for the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, the 2013 Black Forest fire and the 2013 September floods.

Disaster funding

Severe weather has prompted 11 Colorado counties to apply for federal public assistance funds. Click on the map below to see how much damage the state estimates the counties sustained

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