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President approves Declaration for Wyoming

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

July 22, 2011


Renny MacKay
Communications Director


                   President approves Declaration for Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming has received a federal disaster declaration from President Obama. This is due to flooding, landslides and severe storms that occurred during May, June and July.

“I can’t thank the local counties and emergency managers enough for their dedication to protecting Wyoming’s communities,” Governor Matt Mead said. “This was a record breaking spring in terms of snowpack and flows in our rivers. We averted a single major disaster, but cumulatively Mother Nature did inflict damage on public infrastructure. The efforts of our citizens, entire communities, the Wyoming National Guard and Office of Homeland Security deserve our applause. Without this effort the costs of this spring would have been much higher.”

This news means Wyoming will recoup some of the money spent on mitigation. The mitigation effort included proactive work by the Wyoming National Guard to protect communities. It also means several counties can receive federal assistance for repairing and replacing facilities damaged during the flooding, landslides or storms and for any other emergency work. The counties included are:  Albany, Big Horn, Carbon, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Johnson, Lincoln, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Teton, Uinta, Washakie, and Weston, and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

"This is good news. We appreciate the president's approval of financial assistance to help our communities that were impacted by heavy rain, snowpack, flooding and landslides," Guy Cameron, director of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security. "I applaud Governor Mead for his proactive approach to this flood season and early deployment of the National Guard to assist local communities as well as seeking federal financial assistance to aid those communities damaged by the flood season."