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Federal government authorizes Ariz disaster funds

The federal government has authorized disaster assistance funds to help repair damage caused by flash floods this summer in Arizona.

Federal officials say the aid will supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas hit hardest by the monsoon storms from July 20 to Aug. 7.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer issued a declaration of emergency on July 21 after flooding in the Flagstaff communities of Timberline, Fernwood, Doney Park and Wupatki. The area had been scarred by a 15,000-acre wildfire in June.

The cost for debris removal and repairs to roads, culverts, drainage ditches and other public infrastructure in Coconino County from the floods is estimated at $7.2 million alone.

The federal government will reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs, including the completion of emergency protective measures and repair of public roads. Repairs to homes, businesses and private roads is not covered under the government’s public assistance program.

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