The county's Emergency Management Agency said they received notification Federal Public Assistance will available to Benton County following August 8th's flash flooding.
From the press release:
“The FEMA Public Assistance program provides local government reimbursement for infrastructure damages that occurred during last month’s flooding,” according to Robert McGowen, Director of the Emergency Management Agency. “This will bring in money to help offset those recovery costs”.
“Benton County experienced a significant rain event the morning of August 8,” according to McGowen. “We have over 200 sites in the county alone that are damaged.” Benton County is one of six counties in the state that will receive disaster assistance.
FEMA representatives will tally damage amounts over the next several weeks, but it may take several months before a final dollar amount for these damages is reached. FEMA may also provide money for additional mitigation projects for those areas that are repeatedly affected by flooding.
The Benton County Emergency Management Agency coordinates emergency and disaster planning, response, recovery, and mitigation for all of Benton County.