FEMA and Floods

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FEMA joined Washoe County park employees along with the state to get a personal look at what the flood damaged.
Even several days after the water and mud poured through the region, Doug Doolittle with Washoe County Parks, says the repair is expected to take several months.

"Unless we get in and make some of those repairs now, if it does rain again or we have additional flooding, it will just exacerbate the problem. We'll see more damage."

According to the county, the damage at the eleven sites toured Saturday afternoon could total several hundred thousand dollars, mostly because of erosion caused by the rapidly flowing floodwaters pouring out of the drainage ditches.
It's that damage that needs immediate repair, not only to prepare for the next rain, but also for public safety.

The county says FEMA does not cover landscaping for aesthetic purpose, but much of Nevada landscaping is also for erosion control... to prevent this from being worse.

"It's a lot of manpower for us because it's hand labor. A lot of the erosion we see in some of the areas... probably won't be covered, but we're going to detail as much as we can and look for some recovery."

Also touring the area are representatives with the state division of emergency management.
At the Bartley Ranch Regional Park, they saw what 3-and-a-half feet of water running down a hillside can do to an amphitheater and adjoining building.

Ron Hood, with the state Division of Emergency Management, says they're working on the preliminary damage assessment that will make it's way to the governor along with FEMA's decision as to whether the region is eligible for federal disaster aid.

"FEMA is a partner with us at this point. We're gathering reports, information as to what happened... the damage that was here. We'll work with FEMA to see if we qualify."

FEMA and the state must agree the region is eligible to apply for federal disaster aid, then the state says the governor can then submit his official request for the funds.