President Barack Obama today signed a federal disaster declaration for 11 Washington counties for damages and costs suffered during January’s snowstorm. Although King County was not on the list, "Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide," according to a statement from FEMA.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from January 14 to Jan. 23.
The weather led to $32.3 million in potential eligible damages, according to preliminary state and federal assessments.
The counties included in the disaster declaration are: Snohomish, Grays Harbor, Clallam, King, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum.
Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance grants would defray 75 percent of eligible disaster-related costs. That would cover repairs, property replacement, debris removal and emergency protective measures.