Following dozens of landslides, record snowpack and extraordinary river flows, Governor Matt Mead has asked President Obama for a Presidential Disaster Declaration. If granted, such a declaration triggers federal assistance for damage to public infrastructure, including roads and highways. Mead says that the State did what it could with the available resources.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has estimated damage to public infrastructure at $4.2 million. Agriculture losses are being assessed separately, but Mead has already asked the U.S. Agriculture Department to declare disasters in Carbon and Albany counties.
The cost of emergency repairs to highways alone is estimated at $2.8 million. The governor's office says permanent repairs to the highways are expected to be much higher.