Federal Disaster Declaration Sought

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Gov. Kenny Guinn asked President Bush on Tuesday for a disaster declaration to obtain federal funds to pay for almost $17 million in damage caused by New Year's weekend storms and flooding in northern Nevada.
"This incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective
response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected
local governments," Guinn said in a letter to Bush. "Supplemental
federal assistance is necessary."
A presidential disaster declaration would reimburse agencies 75
percent of the money spent fixing roads, bridges, and other
Guinn declared a state of emergency on Jan. 3 in Carson City,
Douglas, Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties, including Reno and
Sparks, where heavy rain and snow caused the Truckee River to
overflow Jan. 1.
Mudslides also closed Interstate 80, while the Carson River
overflowed and submerged parts of several cities, towns and parts
of U.S. 395.
Guinn said Tuesday that a joint federal, state and local
preliminary damage assessment team determined Nevada was justified
in its request for federal help.