LAS VEGAS (AP) —
Clark County officials have declared a state of emergency more than a week after homes in a Las Vegas-area mountain hamlet were damaged by mud and debris washed by heavy rains down wildfire-scarred hillsides.
County commissioners approved the declaration Wednesday in hopes of obtaining state and Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to cover cleanup costs for the piney Rainbow subdivision on Mount Charleston.
The Las Vegas Sun
reports the declaration still needs state approval.
Ten homes, several roads and a water pipe were damaged after a July 28 storm dumped almost 2½ inches of rain in two hours on the mountain about 30 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.
Officials say the county has spent more than $300,000 repairing roads and drainage following the Carpenter 1 wildfire last year.
Emergency declarations allow local governments to ask for funding assistance from the state and federal government to recoup some repair and overtime costs associated with responding to an emergency.
Preliminary damage estimates from last week’s storm are $1.4 million to public infrastructure, including roads and water lines. In addition, an estimated $849,000 in damage occurred to 10 homes in the Rainbow Canyon subdivision that were included in the assessment. Seven of the 10 homes have flood insurance.
Total damage to private property is not expected to meet thresholds for federal assistance such as low interest loans, though we understand state emergency management officials will seek out any federal options that may be available to uninsured property owners.
Public agencies also have the option of applying for reimbursement through the State Disaster Relief Account to recoup at least some of the costs for staff overtime, equipment, and materials used in the response to the flood.