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October 15, 2021

No FEMA assistance for Cedar City flooding, but mayor exploring other funding options

Storms bring rain to Cedar City on July 26. Mayor Maile Wilson-Edwards announced this week that the city did not qualify for federal assistance to help with flooding damage from this summer’s monsoons, but the city is exploring other funding options. (Jesse Harris)

CEDAR CITY — Cedar City did not qualify for federal emergency funds to repair damage from flooding earlier this summer, city officials announced Thursday.

After monsoonal rainstorms caused flooding in parts of the city in July and August, city staffers made visits to properties affected by the flooding so they could gather information to apply for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mayor Maile Wilson-Edwards said in a Facebook post.

However, during the lengthy application process, city officials discovered Cedar City did not qualify for assistance from the agency because “there was not enough damage to public infrastructure,” the mayor said.

“I appreciate our community and the ongoing patience that has been shown during the past few months and weeks,” Wilson-Edwards said. “We will continue pursuing all available options and I will provide updates as I receive them.”

The federal Small Business Administration may be able to provide some financial assistance for the flooding, Wilson-Edwards added. Utah state emergency management staff members are currently assessing damage in the city to determine if residents and small businesses could qualify for low-interest loans through the agency, the mayor said.

The city also applied for a matching grant that would pay for 75% of repairs to the flood control measures along Coal Creek, Wilson-Edwards said.

“Cedar City will continue to look for these types of opportunities to help with financial recovery from the monsoons,” she said.

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