January storms result in disaster declaration for county

PHOENIX - President Barack Obama declared a major disaster area Thursday for eight Arizona counties, including Mohave, and six tribal nations damaged by January storms.

The counties and tribes will receive federal funding to help repair roads and other public infrastructure.

Gov. Jan Brewer's office has estimated the damage at $11.7 million. 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.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse counties and tribes for about 75 percent of all eligible costs. FEMA reimbursement covers emergency response costs, emergency protective measures, debris removal, and the repair or replacement of damaged public facilities.

The federal government is still considering a request from Brewer to reimburse individuals and businesses for storm damage. In the meantime, the state has created several Long-Term Recovery Committees in order to help residents.