Getting surprisingly little attention from major media was the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision to deny financial assistance to Washington state’s Okanogan County residents where more than 300 homes were lost in wildfires, notes Grumpy Editor.
The Wall Street Journal, however, reported the rejection, pointing out in addition to the lost homes in the state’s worst fire outbreak on record, “more than 100 outbuildings were destroyed, hundreds of cattle died and thousands of acres of rangeland and farmland were burned.”
The Republican-dominated county with 41,000 residents is the largest in the state.
WSJ reporter Jim Carlton said Elizabeth Zimmerman, FEMA deputy associate administrator, denied assistance for “individuals and households” in the county near the Canadian border because “damage assessments determined the impact to residents was ‘not of the severity and magnitude’ to warrant FEMA assistance.”
Carlton added Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said, “We don’t always ask for help, but when we do we would have expected a little more help from the federal government.”
An appeal is pending on the FEMA decision.
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