Utah May Get Federal Funds to Prevent Future Disasters

Utah May Get Federal Funds to Prevent Future Disasters

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Southern Utah may soon get more than one (M)million dollars in federal funds to help prevent future disasters -- like January's flooding.

F-E-M-A's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is designed to help fund long-term disaster prevention projects and activities.

The mitigation program could help fund projects on the Virgin or Santa Clara rivers that would limit the threat to life and property in the event of future flooding. But F-E-M-A officials says the funds will be available to any county in Utah, not just those that have been declared a disaster area.

The state of Utah will decide how the mitigation funds will be spent.

Utah has received mitigation funds in the past for disasters like the Quail Creek Dam failure in 1989 and the Salt Lake City tornado in 1999.

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

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