Senate Could Vote Next Week on Utah Flood Relief

Senate Could Vote Next Week on Utah Flood Relief

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U-S Senate could vote as early as next week on 66 (M)million dollars more in flood disaster relief for southern Utah.

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee added the money to the Emergency Supplement Appropriations Bill. They also added 37 (M)million dollars in flood relief for other states, including Nevada and California, which were devastated by the same storm that ravaged Utah.

Utah Senator Bob Bennett says the money is critical for restoring waterways and watersheds and stabilizing riverbanks.

The bill will also insure that local financial contributions made in the immediate aftermath of January's flooding will count toward the 25-percent local matching requirement.

The 66 (M)million will be an addition to almost 10 (M)million in flood relief already appropriated under the same program.

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

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