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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:49 p.m.

Hurricane aid measure grows to $15 billion as Irma bears down

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump’s emergency request, and adding a deal between Trump and Democrats …

FEMA still focused on responding to Harvey as Irma looms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ramping up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barrels toward the Florida coast, even as the agency continues the massive recovery effort in storm-battered …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

House overwhelmingly passes $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as warring Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm as an ever more …

As Houston recovers, House GOP eyes $1 billion in cuts to disaster funds to finance Trump’s border wall

President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Trump offers flag-waving optimism in visit to Harvey’s path

Eager to show he’s attentive and on the job, President Donald Trump touched down in storm-ravaged Texas on Tuesday, taking pains not to interfere with Harvey recovery efforts.

FEMA chief Long a veteran of gov’t disaster response

Hurricane Katrina. Deepwater Horizon. And now, perhaps the worst disaster Texas has ever seen.

Don’t repeat Hurricane Katrina mistakes, senator warns Trump

WASHINGTON – A senior senator warned President Donald Trump on Friday not to underestimate Hurricane Harvey or have the same kind of lackluster federal response experienced during Hurricane Katrina. Sen. …

U.S. government rejects aid for Montana firefighting costs

U.S. government officials have rejected Montana’s request for aid in battling a group of wildfires that have been classified as the nation’s top firefighting priority.

UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

Inslee seeks FEMA aid for storm damage

Gov. Jay Inslee asks for federal aid to help cover costs of winter storms.

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

Flood-damaged homes and businesses in Spokane County could qualify for emergency funding

Spokane County officials are asking businesses, renters and homeowners to report any property damage caused by late-winter flooding. They’re trying to determine whether the county meets cost thresholds to apply …

Louisiana governor asks Congress for $2B for flood recovery

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday appealed to Congress to approve $2 billion in aid for his state, part of a two-day trip to Washington to ask for federal …

FEMA criticized as slow on disaster housing aid in Louisiana

The first out-of-state congressman to survey Louisiana’s damage from catastrophic flooding says the Federal Emergency Management Agency response has been “pitiful.”

Homeland Security chief pledges Louisiana aid amid floods

After a tour of flood-ravaged southern Louisiana, the nation’s Homeland Security secretary is pledging that the federal government “will be here as long as it takes to help this community …

In flooded Louisiana, a cleanup and a search for bodies

At least 40,000 homes were damaged and 10 people killed in the historic Louisiana floods, the governor said Tuesday, giving a stark assessment of the widespread disaster.

State files request for aid from storm damage

Washington has filed a formal request for federal disaster aid to help with damage from November’s windstorms and floods.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 9:28 p.m.

FEMA: No federal aid to Washington homeowners burned out by wildfires

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denies aid to individual homeowners burned out by last summer’s wildfires in Eastern Washington.

FEMA announces funding for several fires in Washington, Idaho

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared that several fires in Washington and Idaho threaten widespread destruction and are eligible for federal funding.

Bonner County to buy, raze house in floodway

A $509,000 federal grant will allow Bonner County to purchase and raze a home that was improperly built in the Pack River’s floodway, potentially jeopardizing other local landowners’ ability to …

Editorial: FEMA aid denied, neighbors care for Carlton Complex fire victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency may not be up to the task of helping fire victims, but their neighbors are. In fact, local and state capacity to assist those who …

Feds deny disaster aid to individual Washington wildfire victims

President Barack Obama denied a request Tuesday for disaster aid to individuals who lost homes and property in the Central Washington wildfires less than a day after approving a disaster …

State seeks major disaster aid for fires

Central Washington families, businesses and governments need federal aid to help cover the losses from this summer’s wildfires, Gov. Jay Inslee says in a request to the federal government.

Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

OLYMPIA — Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history under control. With more rain in the forecast, …

Federal money pledged toward Lake Spokane firefighting costs

Federal authorities will help bankroll the cost of fighting the Lake Spokane wildfire that’s already charred hundreds of acres across Stevens County.

Plans to restore the Saltese Flats in motion

Spokane County commissioners voted recently to move forward with a wetland restoration project on the Saltese Flats south of the Spokane Valley city limits without the participation of the city. …

Education Notes: Rescue dog shows its skills

Otis, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s in-training rescue dog, recently spent time with Anita Dahmen’s second-grade students at Holy Family Catholic School. The 1-year-old black Lab is being trained by …

FEMA pays Spokane agencies millions for snowstorms

Local governments, schools and nonprofit agencies in Spokane County have been reimbursed $5.7 million for their costs in responding to record snows that began in mid-December 2008 and continued through …

Creek’s flood plain shrinks

After nearly 20 years of slogging through government regulations and appeals, some residents near Chester Creek are breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a few more dollars …

City scrambles to replenish snow emergency fund

Spokane Valley may be paying for this winter’s snow removal over the next four years. Federal disaster assistance is expected to remove a little of the sting, though.