Commission declares emergency
The Carbon County Commission declared a state of emergency in the county on Wednesday evening because of the flooding that has taken place over the past few days.
As of Wednesday evening Chief Deputy Tom Stephanoff of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department reported that 138 homeowners, businesses and agricultural operations have reported damage to homes in the areas of Helper, Spring Glen, Kenilworth, Westwood and even near Wood Hill in northwest Price.
Reporting damage or any kinds of problems with yards and mud is important because it can allow the county to get funds to help with future hazard mitigation.
To report damage residents and business owners can call 435 472-HELP or they can go to Carbon County's website at http://www.carbon.utah.gov/ and look at the Hot Items listing on the right of the page and under it is a topic in red called Flood Information. There individuals can fill out forms that will help with getting funds to help with problems in the area.
Money obtained by the county for mitigation cannot be used for individuals, but individuals should keep track of any money they spend to clean up or repair damage because with a disaster declaration that could come from the federal government at least some of that money could be written off on taxes in the coming filing season.
More information about the damage and reports will be forthcoming on this website and in the paper editions of the Sun Advocate.