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Governor Little honors FEMA workers for 2019 flood response

Posted at 7:14 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 10:09:46-05

BOISE, Idaho — On Monday, Governor Brad Little honored FEMA agents for their clean up efforts after 2019 flooding.

In April 2019, heavy rains caused flooding that ravaged the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho. The tribe declared a state of emergency after high waters and mudslides prompted the closure of three highways and threatened dozens of homes.

Although volunteers packed sandbags and helped prevent more damage from occurring, it was officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that coordinated the efforts.

"One of the best things to increase confidence in government is for people to do the right thing, to do their job, to do it humanely, to listen to the local community, and you have done that in spades," Governor Little said. "So thank you very much."

Officials said FEMA's help during the flooding is a good example of how the federal government and states can work together when disasters strike.