Federal aid probably not coming to Nile Valley residents
NILE VALLEY--The landslide along SR-410 is already considered a county and state emergency, but people hoping for federal aid may be disappointed.
So far the slide's done more than $2 million damage to private property.
Yakima County Public Works Director Vern Redifer asked Governor Chris Gregoire to request help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA.
But, for an area to qualify as a national disaster, there must be more than $7 million worth of damage to private property.
"We're not even approaching those thresholds here even with what our near-term worst case scenario is," Gen Timothy Lowenburg, Washington National Guard, said.
Lowenburg said that while property owners shouldn't expect FEMA to help them, the state will probably be reimbursed by the Federal Highway Administration for the work on State Route 410 and other infrastructure in the affected area.