JANUARY 18, 2017
STEVE DOMBY, COORDINATOR; STEVE PENNER, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
RE: EMERGENCY DECLARATION
On January 17, 2017 the Washington County Commissioners passed Resolution 17-02 declaring a local disaster emergency in the county. A copy of the resolution is available from the county.
In light of record snowfall and the possibility of flooding through the spring, an emergency declaration was filed as required by law. It is in force for 90 days.
This emergency declaration gives the county greater flexibility in responding to the emergency as it develops. Essentially it allows the county to go beyond its rules, regulations and laws in order to provide needed resources and manpower. For instance, the acquisition of certain resources would require a bidding process that would usually take weeks. The emergency declaration allows these resources to be acquired immediately without the usual process. This flexibility also allows the allocation of funds from other budgets within the county. It can also facilitate private contracting as needed.
It is also important to have an emergency declaration in place in order to access aid from the state of Idaho and the federal government. Grants, low interest loans, material help and manpower are only available from these resources after a county declares an emergency.
In another matter, the county is making sand and sand bags available to residents who have problems with nuisance flooding. These resources are available at the Boyer building at the corner of West 2nd and Commercial streets. Residents can fill as many bags as needed to block basement windows, stairwells or any place where melting snow might damage private property. As needed, sites in Midvale and Cambridge will be opened at a later date.