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Moscow to receive state, federal aid for flooding costs

Dana Rand, right, from the Moscow Street Department talks to residents of Hillcrest Drive to find out who will need help sandbagging around their homes after Paradise Creek began flooding on Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Moscow, Idaho. (Geoff Crimmins / Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
Dana Rand, right, from the Moscow Street Department talks to residents of Hillcrest Drive to find out who will need help sandbagging around their homes after Paradise Creek began flooding on Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Moscow, Idaho. (Geoff Crimmins / Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
By Garrett Cabeza Moscow-Pullman Daily News

The city of Moscow had to dig into its pockets to repair roadway infrastructure as a result of the harsh winter and spring weather this year, but the Idaho Office of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency will ease some of that pain.

The Moscow City Council authorized acceptance of grant funding from the IOEM under Emergency Relief Funding of $325,215 and from FEMA under the Presidential Disaster Declaration for public assistance disaster related costs estimated at $13,972.25.

City staff submitted three projects for the Emergency Relief Funds, including Joseph Street pavement restoration ($144,600), Third Street grind and inlay ($176,750) and Sixth Street drain installation and pavement repair ($40,000) for a total of $361,350. The IOEM will reimburse the city for 90 percent of the total cost.

A Presidential Disaster Declaration issued this year for flooding damages March 6-28 gave special funding consideration to nine northern Idaho counties, including Latah County.

Heavy flooding hit Moscow the night of March 9 into the early morning hours of March 10 .

City staff documented activities related to the flooding along Mountain View Road including expenses for sand bagging, debris removal and repairs to a storm grate and drainage ditch on the corner of Mountain View and Joseph Street.

The city-wide debris removal cost $8,700.93, the Joseph Street storm grate and drainage ditch repairs cost $5,413.02 and the city-wide sandbagging was estimated at $4,515.71, for a total of $18,629.66. FEMA will reimburse the city 75 percent, or $13,972.25.

Alisa Anderson, Moscow grants manager, said the city has not finished the Sixth Street drain installation and pavement and Joseph Street storm grate and drainage ditch repairs.

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