SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah counties damaged by spring flooding will qualify for millions of dollars in federal aid after President Barack Obama declared parts of the state a federal disaster area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the money will help cover costs for mitigation efforts following the flooding between April and July. FEMA says funding will be available to tribal, state and local governments in 18 counties. The funding will cover about 75 percent of the costs for removing debris and projects to prevent future flood damage. Estimates show flooding caused more than $12 million in damage statewide. Utah could qualify for as much as $9.5 million in federal assistance. In April, FEMA awarded nearly $11 million in assistance to southern Utah counties and cities damaged during flooding last December.
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