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FEMA approves SLC windstorm assistance

Jan 19, 2022, 8:51 AM | Updated: 9:40 am
Insurance agents across northern Utah have their hands full over the next few weeks, sorting out da...
Insurance agents across northern Utah have their hands full over the next few weeks, sorting out damage claims from the massive windstorm that blew in Monday night.

DENVER — Salt Lake City will receive more than $2.4 million in public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funding was made available under a major disaster declaration on Jan. 12, 2021, following strong straight-line wins that impacted four counties within the state the previous September.

FEMA has now given more than $5.4 million in public assistance for the Utah disaster recovery. The Salt Lake City funding will reimburse the cost of debris removal following the wind event. There were several damaged trees.

The $2.4 million accounts for the 75 percent federal share for the project. The funds are from  FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program, which reimburses local and certain non-profit agencies for a portion of the repair and rebuilding of public infrastructure damaged as a result of a presidentially declared disaster.

Hurricane-force winds impacted the state on Sept. 8, 2020. An estimated 200,000 homes and businesses were initially without power. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency and called out the Utah National Guard.

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FEMA approves SLC windstorm assistance