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Proposed Flood Aid May Exceed $25M

Proposed Flood Aid May Exceed $25M

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor and lawmakers will gather together today to recommend flood aid for Southern Utah.

The aid package could include a proposed 25(M)million dollar loan to help rebuild the area.

The money would be used to rebuild sewer lines and other infrastructures destroyed by flood waters earlier this month.

Lawmakers are still considering other options like helping local governments meet a 25-percent match needed to qualify for FEMA funding.

Legislators are also thinking about setting up a fund to help individual homeowners.

State leaders toured Washington County last weekend to see the damage for themselves.

Although federal funding through F-E-M-A has been requested, area lawmakers want an interest-free loan from the state so repairs can continue.

The money would be paid back from whatever federal disaster relief funds ultimately come to the state.

The price tag for the damage is expected to exceed $150 million.

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

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