Some Assistance Available for Flood Victims
Written by wendycorr on July 19, 2019
The Park County Office of Homeland Security is working to assist families and businesses affected by Sunday’s major storm event in Powell.
On their Facebook page, the Park County Sheriff’s office says that Homeland Security and Road and Bridge aided residents by delivering sand and sand bags in order to attempt to prevent further damage from localized flooding caused by the significant rain event that hit the area on July 14th. Residents with open wells were also given assistance in finding resources to get their water quality tested by the State of Wyoming Department of Health.
Unfortunately for those affected, the Department noted that there would be no federal assistance for a disaster such as this – a localized flood event doesn’t meet the government’s guidelines. However, there may be aid available through the United States Department of Agriculture. A link to those resources is available on the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.
Additionally, the Park County wing of the Red Cross may be able to assist with cleaning supplies and some minimal financial aid.
Director Jack Tatum of Park County Homeland Security/Emergency Management did advise residents to purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program, in case an event such as this were to happen again.