Arizona getting emergency federal funds to fix flood damage

This drone image provided by the Golder Ranch Fire District shows firefighters safely rescue a man and his two daughters from the roof of their vehicle after it was swept away in fast moving water just north of Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (Golder Ranch Fire District via AP)

President Joe Biden on Monday approved Arizona’s request to declare a major disaster over monsoon flooding two months ago so the state can get emergency federal funds.

He also ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas of Arizona affected by severe storms and floods waters.

Among the areas hit hardest in the July 22-24 storms were the counties of Apache, Coconino, and Navajo, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sought federal disaster declarations to get emergency funding.

Federal officials said funding is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of flood-damaged facilities.

Federal funding also is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Authorities said additional disaster designations may be made later if requested by Arizona officials and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.