State Looks at Help for Flood Damage in Washington County

State Looks at Help for Flood Damage in Washington County

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Southern Utah may soon get state money to help rebuild the flood-stricken area.

Yesterday, legislative leaders met with southern Utah lawmakers to see what can be done "quickly" and "legally" to provide "bridge" loans or grants to Washington County.

The floods caused at least 150 (M) million dollars in damage. Most of the damage was to roads, bridges, water and sewer lines.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may pick up 75-percent of the cost of rebuilding public structures. But if they get the money it won't come for weeks and lawmakers say the area needs help now.

Washington County officials also say even if F-E-M-A pays for 75-percent of the damage they would have still have to come up with the other 25-percent.

If legislators decide to give Washington County money, checks could be cut as early as next week.

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

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