By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Disaster assistance is complicated

Clay County EMA coordinator explains programs to Royal council


September 29, 2022


Royal residents clear tree branches from a street following the July 5 derecho.

The Royal City Council has wondered for more than two months why Clay County was not included in the governor's disaster proclamation after the July 5 derecho. Now they have their answer.

Clay County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Tigges said during this month's council meeting that three types of disaster assistance are available. A presidential declaration is the most common but eligibility for federal assistance is tied to the amount of public sector and state uninsurable damage.

A second category of disaster aid is individual assistance, which is difficult to obtain.

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