KINGMAN - Gov. Jan Brewer added Mohave County Thursday to a state list of counties declaring emergencies and seeking federal aid after January's winter storms.
Mohave County declared an emergency on Jan. 22 after storms washed out roads along the Big Sandy River and caused approximately $1.5 million in damage.
Once Arizona Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency finish their preliminary estimates of damage in the state, a formal request will be made to the president, said Mohave County Homeland Security, Emergency Management Director Byron Steward. Once a formal emergency declaration is issued to the county, a second, more detailed study of the damages will be completed, and the county will be eligible for aid from FEMA, he said.
How long it will take to get the federal designation is unknown, Steward said. It depends on how many states and counties have applied for federal aid before Arizona. It could be anywhere from two weeks to two months or longer, he said.
The county will have to make and pay for the repairs up front, but FEMA could reimburse the county up to 75 percent of the eligible costs, Steward said. The county might also be able to get aid from the state, however, with the current budget crunch, Steward wasn't sure how much.
Most of the damage was done to roads, which shouldn't take long to fix, he said. Most of the damaged roads are open and passable.