No Federal Funds for El Paso County

By: Ashley Fielder
By: Ashley Fielder

The cost of dealing with three massive storms in just as many weeks isn't cheap.

“For blizzards we're over a million dollars in costs,” said Director of Emergency Management Bret Waters.

Plus almost a half million dollars on top of that for the county.

According to two Federal disaster declarations made by President Bush Sunday night, El Paso County won't be able to fall back on federal funds to foot that bill, but 14 other neighboring counties will.

“I'm obviously very disappointed in the results from the federal government's standpoint because I do believe we were hit hard as well,” said El Paso County Commission Chair Sallie Clark.

Bret Water with Colorado Springs Emergency Management says the reason we didn't get funds is because the state took snow totals from the Colorado Springs airport.

“We're looking at a couple inches at the airport, and upward of 20 to 24 inches in other parts of the city, we almost see different climactic weather zones,” said Waters.

Both city and county officials say they will submit new snow totals from various spots around the county for a more accurate total.

The state will then urge FEMA to include El Paso County in Federal Aid.

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