Blaine County joins request for presidential declaration

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HAILEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The City of Hailey is expecting $875,000 from the state for help recovering from flooding.

Blaine County as a whole is looking for more to come from the federal government.

Damaged infrastructure prompted Blaine, Elmore, Gooding, Camas and Custer counties to join together to ask for a presidential emergency declaration.

If approved, they will be eligible for federal aid to repair roads, bridges and wastewater plants wrecked by this years’ flooding.

Blaine County said this is important to them because the regular county budget can’t cover all the repairs.

“You don’t budget for those things on an annual basis,” said Larry Schoen, a Blaine County commissioner, “so when they do happen they can be catastrophic. It can be in the order of millions of dollars of damages, and if you’re a small city in Idaho, your whole budget could be millions of dollars.”

Blaine County expects to hear back from the federal government in the next two to three weeks.

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