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President declares Nevada flood zone disaster area

RENO, Nev. (AP) ” President Bush declared part of northern Nevada a national disaster area Tuesday, making federal relief available to victims of flooding that damaged hundreds of homes.

Bush signed the disaster declaration as building inspectors went door to door in the town of Fernley to assess millions of dollars of damage from the flood caused by a break in a century-old irrigation canal early Saturday.

The declaration makes available federal assistance including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, the White House press office said.



It also can be used to make low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the disaster.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also announced that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff pledged assistance to Nevada’s flood victims during a telephone call Tuesday afternoon.



“I greatly appreciate Secretary Chertoff taking the time to personally call me and promise that the people of Fernley will get everything they need in the wake of the levee break,” Reid said.

“I will continue to work with the Nevada congressional delegation, Governor Gibbons, federal and state officials to ensure that we can get these people back into their homes as quickly as possible.”


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