County government's storm-related costs estimated at $1.17 million
County plans to seek federal reimbursement
ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County ended its declaration of local emergency for Hurricane Sandy at 11:55 a.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 1), four days after County Manager Barbara Donnellan declared a local emergency Oct. 28 as the deadly superstorm barreled toward the Atlantic seaboard.
County government's storm-related costs are estimated to be $1.17 million – well above the $716,000 threshold for federal disaster reimbursement. In addition, the County's Building Inspector reported that one private home was destroyed during the hurricane,17 suffered major damage and 27 suffered minor damage.
“We're still early in this process,” of assessing costs of the hurricane, cautioned Jack Brown, director of the County's Office of Emergency Management. “That estimate will go up, not down.”
The County Board voted 5-0 today to validate the County Manager's emergency declaration, a formal step that positions the County to seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for storm-related costs.
The County's preliminary estimate includes damage to County property, overtime costs for staff working during the emergency as well as the recovery, costs for equipment, materials, and supplies used in the recovery effort, and public safety costs for responses to emergencies arising from the hurricane.
Arlington will submit its damage estimates to the Commonwealth of Virginia, to be included in the state's application to FEMA.