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Washington County to Receive $62.8M for Flooding Repairs

Washington County to Receive $62.8M for Flooding Repairs

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Washington County will soon receive 62-point-eight (M)million dollars to help repair damage from flooding earlier this year.

The Agriculture Department made the announced yesterday. The county will also use the money to prevent future incidents.

Senator Bob Bennett, who pushed for the funding, praised the Agriculture Department's quick action. He told the Salt Lake Tribune the funds are critical to the rebuilding efforts under way in Washington County.

In January, heavy rains swelled the Santa Clara and Virgin rivers, damaging dozens of homes and clogging the river with debris.

The Utah funds were part of 104-point-five (M)million dollars that the department released to 15 states through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Utah was by far the largest recipient.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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