11 WA counties to get federal disaster aid

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday signed a federal disaster declaration for 11 Washington counties for damages and costs suffered during January's snowstorm.

The storm of snow, ice and freezing rain caused power outages, landslides, avalanches and fallen trees across Washington, creating $32.3 million in potential eligible damages, according to preliminary state and federal assessments. The counties included in the disaster declaration are: Clallam, Grays Harbor, King, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston and Wahkiakum.

Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance grants would defray 75 percent of eligible disaster-related costs. That would cover repairs, property replacement, debris removal and emergency protective measures.