Wednesday, Congressman Dean Heller (R-NV) sent the following letter to FEMA Administrator David Paulison requesting FEMA representatives to be deployed to Fernley to help the citizens of Fernley with their disaster claims.
January 9, 2008
Administrator David Paulison
Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472
Dear Administrator Paulison:
As you are aware, the City of Fernley, Nevada experienced a significant, damaging flood on Saturday, January 5, due to a atastrophic breach in a Bureau of Reclamation irrigation canal operated by the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District.
Preliminary reports indicate that the flooded area is two square miles, affected approximately 800 homes, and displaced about 4,000 individuals.
To date, more than 300 evacuees have received services at a Red Cross shelter in Fernley.
The situation has been further complicated by temperatures that have frozen the flood waters.
Given the severity and concentration of the damage, FEMA was on the scene to evaluate the situation.
Once the evaluation was complete, FEMA representatives left the area. This departure left the residents of Fernley with myriad questions that need answers from FEMA.
In an effort to best serve the people of Fernley, I respectfully request that representatives temporarily be deployed from FEMA to Fernley as soon as possible.
In doing so, you would provide a means by which citizens of the flooded area could receive information and assistance.
It is critical that FEMA quickly provide essential services to the people of Fernley, so that every citizen can return to their home or business as soon as possible.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this request, and I urge you to make every effort to ensure that the Federal government remains a good partner in the recovery effort.
Member of Congress